Office 2020? Microsoft Office Beta Pre-Release Program Now Open

Have you ever wondered how you could get access into Microsoft’s pre-release beta programs for Office products? Here’s how…! Who knows, you could be looking at Office 2020 soon! IMO this is an excellent move towards opening up and gaining critical product bug/feedback from users of all types!

Many of you may know this program as something called the TAP (Technical Awareness Program) that’s been locked down to targeted groups of customers, MVP’s, Insiders and ISV’s. Well times-they-are-a-change’n, Microsoft is opening the Pre-Release program up to home and business users, Now’s your chance to sign up to gain access to what many out there have already had for years. Here’s the post from the Office Pre-Release site!
PreRelease2Join Us – “The Office team at Microsoft is looking for participants to join us in pre-release beta programs!  Your feedback in these programs will be instrumental in building the best productivity software and services available. The programs will span across the full family of Microsoft Office client, server and cloud services both Windows and Mac.  The family of products include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, Publisher and Outlook applications, as well as the Exchange, SharePoint and Project server products and cloud services.
PreRelease1If you or the company you work for, or both, are interested in providing feedback to shape and enhance the latest and greatest technologies in the world, then we’d like to know more about you.”


Kris Wagner

Windows Phone Developer Accounts $19 USD until 8/27

My Windows Phone Dev account was up for renewal and I was very happy to see there’s a promotion for $19 USD on new accounts and renewals until 8/27. Check it out at but here are the details from the site. $20 bucks you know you want to, I bet you’re surprised I do it.


Join The new Windows Phone Dev Center has everything you need to create great apps and add them to the Windows Phone Store for the world to see, try, and buy. You can start creating apps anytime. When you’re ready to offer them in the Store, you’ll need a subscription to the Dev Center where you can start the process of adding them to the Store catalog. Your subscription includes some useful tools and your own personal dashboard to track your apps and your earnings.

Dev Center registration price promotion

For a limited time, the annual subscription fee for a Windows Phone Dev Center account has been reduced to $19 USD (or the equivalent in your local currency). Taxes, VAT, and other fees are excluded from this offer. This offer is valid beginning 6/26/2013 12:00 AM PST and ending 8/27/2013 12:00 AM PST in countries where the Windows Phone Dev Center registration is available (see Regional info). See the official terms of this offer for more details.

What do I get?

Your subscription connects you to tools, information, tips, code samples, and a broad community of developers. You can:

  • Get free development tools, including a phone emulator to test your app
  • Explore code samples and all the information in our developer library
  • Read tips about selling your app
  • Review our policy guidelines and certification requirements
  • See tips and guidelines for creating apps that reflect the beauty of our design concepts
  • Create apps with trial options
  • Enable in-app purchasing, so customers can buy things within your app
  • Test your app with a real phone
  • Submit free and paid apps to the Store
  • Distribute your app around the world and set country/region-specific price tiers
  • Watch your progress and manage your apps in a personalized dashboard
  • Ask questions, share advice, or talk with other Windows Phone developer


    Thanks Kris Wagner