Windows Vista Beta 2 Cancelled?

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  1. kcnychief

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    Since this isn't confirmed, I didn't want to slap it on the front page. But Paul T said there is a possiblity Microsoft will cancel Beta 2, in favor of CTP releases until RC0 is available....

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    http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowspaulthurrott/Article/ArticleID/48613/windowspaulthurrott_48613.html
     
  2. Grandmaster

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    Why would they want to do that though? I don't get why they wouldn't want the more people involved in testing Vista.

    If this is true that is.
     
  3. NetRyder

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    Well, if you think about it, Beta 2 is just a label given to a regular build. Apart from the name, it really isn't anything more than a CTP...perhaps one that's been more rigorously tested before release.

    I somehow doubt they would "cancel" a major milestone like Beta 2 though, but you never know. We'll see... :)
     
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    That would make sense to me too. The only thing I could think of is that they are satisfied with how things are going, and don't want to jinx it by possibly getting invalid bug reports?

    Your point makes sense though, you'd think they would want it out there as wide-scale as possible. Also could mean that Beta 2 won't be feature complete, and they don't want to disappoint the general public?
     
  5. kcnychief

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    Although Paul T used the word, perhaps the proper way of stating it would be not to release it the public?
     
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    It is a milestone though and as Vista will effectively be feature complete after December, why not just release that labelled as beta 2.

    The line is blurred now, beta 2 doesn't really mean anything now anyway.
     
  7. Grandmaster

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    That's what I understood of the situation, so the only real reason I could think of was that they don't want large scale testing done on it.

    I think MS has mentioned they wanted to get it feature complete by Beta 2, faster than any Windows version ever so they could focus more on stability.
     
  8. NetRyder

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    Hmm...that would contradict what EP gathered from the conference call the other day:

     
  9. Electronic Punk

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    Last night I was told that beta2 would be released in the first quarter of next year, but like I said it just a theoretical milestone it doesn't actually mean anything...

    ... although it could be a version that is released to the public, as originally promised.
     
  10. kcnychief

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    Should be an interesting story to follow, I saw it over on bink.nu as well but it only cites Paul's original article.
     
  11. Electronic Punk

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    Paul Thurrott stole a word I think I made up? :eek:
     
  12. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Sue the ****er.
     
  13. Grandmaster

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    Seconded :D
     
  14. kcnychief

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    While you are suing him, ask him why he still uses FrontPage :p
     
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    Personally, it's really not that big of a deal. You will still get the same build that Beta 2 would be. It would just be called something else.
     
  17. kcnychief

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    The theory behind it though, was that Beta 2 was to be public. If it did get cancelled, we would loose legit access to it.