early april fools joke I guess or maybe some disgruntled employee...heres a progression of the day...
[Update]: Ars Technica is reporting that this offer may not be for one year as first thought, but only three months. Never-the-less, it's best to get in early and make the most of this while you can.
[Update 2]: It appears as though there are errors in requesting keys and we are hearing that this offer may have been limited to a select few rather than public. Microsoft has not officially responded to requests for comment.
[Update 3]: We are getting reports from members that many who had been successfully added to the subscription have now been removed. It seems that this was all an error on Microsoft's part.
I couldn't really see Microsoft giving away something that people (myself included) pay damn good money for.. Stranger things have happened but it just didn't seem legit.. Maybe a month free but certainly not a whole year!..
Microsoft is a large organisation. At any moment there would be quite a significant number of personnel with access to thelatest builds. I do not see, any time in the future, that such leaks and malpractises are ever going to stop.
Paying them larhe salaries would not even be the answer. In many cases it is an Ego trip for employees to be the first with the news/product. Even passing the material onto a family member - The old, bt reliable adage - Small ripples make large waves. You have all heard it so many times "Don't let anyone else in on this, but I have...."