Microsoft to charge $1.50 to download Office 2007 Beta 2 (!)

According to a C|Net article, published today, an unidentified Microsoft spokeswoman has stated that Microsoft will start charging US$1.50 to download Office 2007 Beta 2.
Supposedly, it is to offset server and bandwidth costs … 3 million downloads which is 5x what they expected.

Huh? Microsoft is pulling in $1-2B in profit every month and they need a few million to cover “hosting” costs ? Puhlease.

You have until Wednesday, August 2nd to hit the Office 2007 download site and get it “for free”… after which you’ll have to pay Microsoft for the privilege of downloading their beta software, testing it for them… and… argh, I digress.