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Microsoft To Give Free Windows Phone 7 Handsets To Employees

Microsoft will apparently give free Windows Phone 7 devices to all of its 90,000 or so employees worldwide in a move similar to Google and Apple and one which reminds us of the popular "eat your own dog food" testing process.

Gizmodo (opens in new tab) published what seems to be an internal email from Andy Lees, Microsoft Senior VP of mobile, who said that "I am thrilled to announce that a new Windows Phone 7 will be made available to every Microsoft employee as we launch in each market around the world. The process will vary based on your market, your carrier, and your launch date so stay tuned for more information closer to launch."

The move, which is likely to cost Microsoft around $50 million, will allow them to get product feedback from some of the smartest geeks around while sending a clear signal to the rest of us regarding the quality of the platform.

That said, such a move comes with risks as the probability of having leaks is directly proportional to the number of people involved in the testing process. But then, maybe Microsoft wants to generate some well needed buzz.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.