The Google Music Beta Tutorial

Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to open my Inbox to find this glorious invitation to join the Google Music beta!  Google Music is a cloud storage locker for music you already own.  You must upload all your music to the Google servers to have Google then stream it back for you at your convenience.  There is not currently a way to purchase music from Google and have it stored in your locker.  The service is currently free, but you are limited to storing 20,000 songs.  I clicked on the “Get Started” button to begin my musical Google journey!

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Failing the Facebook Microsoft Office Docs Beta

I am currently beta testing Docs.com — the new online writing and collaboration website using your Facebook login and contacts and Microsoft’s stripped down version of Office. 

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Installing Windows 7 Ultimate on a MacBook Pro

Yesterday, I spent two hours installing the new Windows 7 beta on my MacBook Pro under Parallels 4.0.
The process was smooth and significant.

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Is Beta Testing Overblown?

The popular way today to release software without accountability is to toss it into the wild as a “Beta Test” — and then invite the public to break their machines to give you feedback in testing you should’ve done yourself.

Google made their bones on this unaccountability by continuously “beta testing” what are really fully released products. 

Google does not have to provide support or explanation when things go awry or blow up because, after all, “It’s only beta!”

The question then becomes how long must something remain in beta in order to be tested and not viewed as taking-advantage-of those doing the testing?  Is a year enough of a beta test?  Two years?

Gmail has been in beta since April 1, 2004.  Will Gmail forever be beta?  Or will Gmail one day get the Google stamp of approval that it is ready to stand on its own without the beta backdoor bailout?

Get Your GrandCentral Beta Invitation Here!

I am currently in the keen Google GrandCentral beta.

If you live in the USA, and if you want an invitation to the beta, post a comment here and I’ll send out invitations until I run out.

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Help Test Book Beta Dot Com

I am currently beta testing “Microsoft Live Essentials” where you can manage a business and its employees and projects online in a sophisticated and serious manner.

Microsoft Office Essentials Live Beta

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