How to become a Beta Tester at Microsoft

Being a contributor beta tester at Microsoft opens many new doors for a tech guy. It will enhance your skills, gives you the early access to new products and sharpen your skills about using latest technologies. As a beta tester your primary mission is to tell Microsoft about bugs and imbalances and suggest improvements to the product.

In this article I am going to tell you, how you can apply to become a beta tester for Microsoft. It is one of the most important activities among many activities which leads you being awarded as an MVP by Microsoft.

Steps you need to follow to become a Beta tester at Microsoft

1. You need to have a Windows Live ID, if you already have one then sign-in to your Hotmail account, else, create a new ID by visiting (You’ll also need it to register for other Microsoft services also).

2. Now visit the Microsoft Connect Web site and register yourself there by filling the details asked. You will see a list of products where Microsoft is currently accepting bugs and suggestions.

You are required to use your Microsoft Passport Network credentials (the e-mail address and password that you use to sign in to the Passport Network) to sign in.

3. In case if you do not have a Microsoft Passport Network account, visit the Microsoft Passport site to create one.

Once you sign in to your Passport Network account, your request will be forwarded to the appropriate product group for review and consideration.

Due to the bulk volume of requests received, you will be only contacted if you will be chosen to participate. So, make sure that you will give maximimum information about yourself.

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.