Digital Insider #14: Character Builder
A ETA for the Character Builder beta is announced. They are hoping to launch the Character Builder beta for subscribers and tester registered during D&DXP sometime early next time (probably monday) and to the public sometime December.
As mentioned before, the beta will only contain enough data from the books to build characters up to 3rd level.
When the completed Character Builder is launched, Wizards intend to increase the subscription fees but they won't charge any current subscribers until their subscription term ends.
Randy Buehler also mentioned that they might consider having an 'application package' and a 'magazine package' for subscribers to choose from and I think that is a pretty good idea.