This is absolutely awesome. As someone who loves customer feedback, the CTP process rocks! It requires us to keep the quality of main extremely high. It provides a rapid feedback loop so we, the product team, can actually respond to customer feedback. And finally, it gives customers an opportunity to see in near real-time the product evolve and to prepare for it's release. This should allow customers to upgrade much sooner than under the previou model.
From my perspective these are a few of the benefits of the CTP model. Let me know what you think.
BTW the title of this posting is a play on the song by a band called Firehouse. A $1.00 goes to the person who can name the song. No cheating...