Windows Vista Beta 1 arrives

By Derek Sooman on July 28, 2005, 6:15 AM
Microsoft has unveiled Windows Vista Beta 1. The operating system, which was originally codenamed Longhorn, is accompanied by the release of the first beta of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. The beta code will be made available immediately as a download to 10,000 technical beta testers, with another half-million or so member of the Microsoft Developer Network and Microsoft TechNet getting their hands on it in due course, but without the support available to the official testers. The beta versions of Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7.0 come a week ahead of schedule.

"We're really happy with how the development cycle is going on this program of late," said Mike Sievert, the Windows corporate vice president in charge of marketing. "The teams are making their commitments. The product looks great. There's a lot of confidence here."
A second beta release of the new Vista OS will be available sometime after September of this year.




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Soul Harvester said:
We have a beta release of Vista at my work. I haven't tinkered with it nor do I think I will be tinkering with it at all. But others that I work with will be. Without doubt once it goes gold I will be having to install it on all new customer PCs.
Phantasm66 said:
The only stuff I really know about it, apart from what I have read, is a few eps of the .Net show that I downloaded. What they showed looked pretty cool. I did install a very early leaked alpha release, but it was basically just Windows XP with a different skin.
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