Making Windows betas free ( even with a 6 month clock) with no subspription of any kind ( but also no source code) - would at least give developers a fast no hoops to jump through avenue to getting betas.
I know i got my longhorn through winbeta.org - not some subscription thing... and i love windows!
I also have 2 licenced versions of XP - but i run 2 cracked versions as i dont like the invation of privacy.
Perhaps you may want to look back to Win95/98.
They were 90 bucks canadian ( not 300 dollars canadain like XP) they had NO activation / snooping / monitoring and they were probably the most popular products youve ever released.
Why cant longhorn go back to this. Make it no-obtrusive and cheaper and people will upgrade in droves. Corp users dont want XP for all above reasons - despite your new ad campaign to convice them otherwise.