Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?

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Windows Test Manager Paul Donnelly just sent the mail below to Beta testers at connect.microsoft.com, and I was so fascinated with the maps he's generated representing where Windows Beta testers are located, I thought I'd share it with you:

I'm sure you've noticed people here in the newsgroups from all over the globe.  When we put this program together one of our goals is diversity that closely mirrors that of our customers as much as possible.  We've hit all our targets and have a truly global program.  I realize only a fraction of people are active in the newsgroups and you never get to interact with and learn about most testers. The below will help you get an idea of where we get feedback from and where Windows Vista is being tested.  The below represents just the Technical Beta Program and is current as of 2 weeks ago.


Interesting facts:

    • We have approximately 30,000 Vista Beta testers in this program now.
    • There are Windows Vista beta testers in 125 countries.
    • We have testers in all 50 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Guam and several other U.S. locations.
    • Exactly 50% of our testers are somewhere other than the U.S.
    • The northernmost person appears to be in Fairbanks, Alaska at 64.85 degrees N. latitude though it's a close call with a person in Iceland.
    • The southernmost person appears to be in the Kerguelen Islands at 49.56 degrees S latitude.
    • We have 1 person on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • We also have a person in the Tuamoto archipelago which is almost exactly half-way between South America and Australia.
    • If we had someone in the Yukon and someone in Labrador/Newfoundland we would have all Canadian provinces and territories represented.
    • In the U.S. we have testers in over 6,000 zip codes, or well over 10% of all zip codes in the U.S.


    • We do not have street address granularity in some parts of the world.  In that case pushpins appear at the postal code, city or province levels and all testers in that set will cluster at 1 pushpin.
    • There is a roughly 15% failure rate for pushpin creation due to the complexities of matching addresses globally.
    • I kept most [map images] at 1024x768 but a couple are larger for more detail.
    • I created these using Microsoft MapPoint 2006.  You can find more info here.

View of the World


North America

Canada - West

Canada - East


United States

United States - Atlantic States

United States - Midwest

United States - North Central

United States - Northeast

United States - Pacific Northwest

United States - South Central

United States - Southeast

United States - Southwest

United States - Alaska

United States - Hawaii




Benelux and Germany






Japan and Korea


Down under:


New Zealand


Other Areas:

Pacific Ocean


Central America

South America

Middle East


It's pretty cool to see that we've got so much of the world represented by our testers!

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  • Duane Duane
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  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey Windows Vista:  expiration dates are 31 May for both Beta 2 and RC1.

  • cool design for your blog btw, when in march does the beta expire?



  • Hey "Nick White",thx for share



  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey platodd/Larry:  RC1 is supposed to be valid until March, so your copy should not have expired, provided you previously used a product key to register it.  If not, that may be the root cause of the issue.

    If you did register, you might try re-installing (cleanly, not an upgrade), as that could resolve the issue.  If not, then check with folks in our Windows Vista newsgroups/Web forums on MSDN for assistance.

  • platodd
    2 Posts

    Good Morning

    My name is Larry, and I wonder what is happening with Vista RC1? I tried it as part of the “customer preview program”. And as of November 10th media programs are expiring, i.e.: Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Media Center, and Windows media Player are giving errors that basically indicate your system is running out of resources. Windows DVD Maker was the first indicator, as I tried to make a DVD, it gave the error: “Not enough storage available to complete this task”, although I had 17 gig available. Has Microsoft just abandoned those who participated in the “customer preview program” or do they have a plan to reward those who have tested their product to this point and now have messed up operating systems? Thanks in advance for your response.

    Larry Todd

  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    Hello all..
    I am the one located in Beirut :) the war didn't stop me lol
    Nice map btw
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    It's cool.
    I'm Beta tester from Saipan (Northern Mariana Island).
    Maybe nobody knows, Saipan is under US Territory...
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    I'm the only one in my town to be a Vista beta tester. It also looks like the the nearest beta tester is 25 miles or so away from me. Pretty cool.


    Look for Plymouth, IN.
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    Go Maui! There's another one on this island besides me!
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    thanks nwhite :)
  • Nick White
    1204 Posts
    Hey karivika:  you can certainly join as as a tester of Windows Vista RC1; just go to this link :

  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    If you want beta testers, just ask me. I'm from Faroe Islands, if you need that information :)
    I will do what I can to be an active tester *promise*
    But anyway it should be to late to join now
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    Yepp :)
    GUTS n Vamos Vista Team  and nwhite !!
    Regards from Tokyo in JAPAN :)
    m(_ _)m
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    I'm one of the testers from Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates in the east of middle east area. I happy to be on the map. :)
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    According to the map, you do have a tester in Newfoundland and Labrador.  That big island on the right of the Canada East map is the island of Newfoundland and the tester looks to be in the capital of St. Johns.
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    *grins* I also know for a fact there a few dozen pins missing from PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu -- After all, who would want to mess with Vista on a small tropical Island?  :)
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    Is it just me, or are there really so many people in the middle of the oceans testing vista? :P
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts
    Thats pretty cool, and explains why all the Microsoft events here in San Diego always fill up so quickly!