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July 28, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Test version of Office 2007 no longer free

Microsoft’s beta 2 version of Office 2007 will cost $1.50 starting Aug. 2, the company said through its PR agency today.

“Given how dramatically the beta 2 downloads have exceeded our goals, we have made the business decision to implement a cost recovery measure for downloading the beta,” a spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

Since the test version was released in May, more than 3 million people have downloaded it.

The company will continue to offer a free online “test drive” of Office 2007, which is due for business customers by the end of this year and for broad availability in early 2007.

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