For years, Microsoft has instituted BetaPlace as your pre-release software portal. Starting in mid 2005, Microsoft introduced Connect 1.0 as the replacement for Betaplace. Connect features more user control and feed tools plus better interaction with the developer teams. It also includes a voting system which enables you and fellow testers to give reports a high priority. Although its still its early phases, it has improved greatly and is upgraded rapidly with new enhancements on a regular basis.
The last product to be used by Beta Place was Office 12, now Office 2007. Future pre-release software will now move to Connect.
To sign up for technical testing, you now go to http:/connect.microsoft.com.