From: Vermont, USA
I've been going through all the beta applications today and I just wanted to say a few things. First, we have an impressive group of customers! I've read through every single application (and there were a lot!) which frankly has taken most of the day and based on that I'm sure about 90% of you are fully qualified to participate in the first test wave.
Unfortunately, we had about 10x the applications we can actually accept in the first wave, so only about 10% will actually get invitations for that initial beta test. I expect there will likely be three more waves, each about the size of the first, but it means some hard choices had to be made. Frankly, I'd love to add you all in, but there's only so much feedback Elliot and I can handle before we become overwhelmed and it becomes counter-productive and a waste of the testers' efforts.
With all that said, those of you who do not get invitations (later this week, sent to the e-mail address you applied with - please make sure you haven't blocked/spam-filtered our mailings!) to the first wave, we'll be pulling the future waves from the same pool. Where the computer specs match our needs and testers seem otherwise equivalent in terms of experience and skill, the tie-breaks are by order of application, so the earlier you got your application in, the better.
Thank you all for taking the time to apply and I look forward to seeing many of you in the tester forum next week.