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Windows 7—what's the rush?
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 13:44

Windows 7's beta program is set to be shorter than that of any previous Windows version. We try to answer a couple of questions: How has Microsoft pulled this off? Is this a good idea?

By Peter Bright | Last updated February 3, 2009 10:22

 Ars Technica

Steven Sinofsky this week reaffirmed that Windows 7 would only have a single public beta release—build 7000, still available for download for a few more days. The current expectation is that there will be a single Release Candidate in April, with RTM around July, and Windows 7 hitting stores a few months later.

This plan marks a significant departure from Microsoft's historic Windows release strategy. Previous editions have had at least two betas and two Release Candidates; even Windows XP, a minor update to Windows 2000, received this treatment. Windows Vista went even further during its extended development period. In addition to formal betas and Release Candidates, a number of "Community Technical Preview" (CTP) releases were made available, to allow third-party developers to track the progress more closely. [Comments...]

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