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Windows 7: why microsoft launches too many versions of win7

12 Apr 2009   #11
johngalt

 

If you think this is the first time this has happened....

I was testing XP 'illegitimately' for over a year before finally getting an official test.

With Vista aka Longhorn, I didn't jump on the bandwagon until Vista was in Beat 1 status. However, ask all the testers that used Longhorn for up to 2 years before official public beta testing began....

Sites like BetaNews keep posting beta results of applications left and right, as well as final results. For example, I am currently using Virtual Clone Drive 5.4.2.8 Beta, and up until an hour ago, I was using a Beta version of DisplayFusion (3.0.3 is ow final).

This is not a new strategy - widespread beta testing for the public has been around for longer than a decade, and M$ is not "just now" cashing in - they have been there in the middle of the thick of things since close to the beginning....


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12 Apr 2009   #12
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, I know. I meant this is not MS's first OS relaese. They know how to market. Things have changed a lot since Vista's release and we can all agree it's changed beyond imagination since the 2001 XP release. I think with torrents and other tech...there are a lot more people with access to these .iso files and it may make the RTM of 7 bigger than it would have otherwise been.
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12 Apr 2009   #13
SqdnGuns

Slackware / Windows 7 x64 7100
 
 

Who cares, just release something that works right for once..............Win7 may finally be it, time will tell.
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12 Apr 2009   #14
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SqdnGuns View Post
Who cares, just release something that works right for once..............Win7 may finally be it, time will tell.
They do work right, you'll never get an OS that's perfect and anyone who ever expects one to show up will always be disappointed.
There's too much complexity in an OS, even all the way back to 3.1 days. Even when 3.1 was the new kid, the technology of the day was considered "complex" and all you can ever ask of your OS is that it's continually upgraded with SP's during it's lifetime.

With today's tech, these OS's are barely controllable Monsters, just waiting for the slightest opening to squeeze out of, that's why so many builds as every single change can wreak havoc on other parts of the OS. So this goes back to the OP as to why there are so many builds, there will be 100's of builds compiled by MS engineers, sometimes a couple a day as they work out as many kinks as possible and every single one will produce new problems to fix. It's not MS releasing them either, these are leaked from their trusted testers and OEM testers and NOT from MS themselves. I also agree that MS is Loving all the hype this is creating and that's why they have no intention of cracking down on unofficial leaks...this is the Best free advertising they could ever hope for!
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12 Apr 2009   #15
scaramonga

 
 

.........and when RTM is released, there will still be complaints
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12 Apr 2009   #16
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

You have the option to not install each version that keeps getting leaked, I for one love each time a leak is released. If Microsoft is legitimately releasing it, Sweet. If they aren't legitimately releasing it, still sweet! I just love getting each and ever version I can to keep testing. These releases aren't meant for the regular Joe. If you want to beta test the product, do it, if not don't install them. As a side note, this shouldn't be used on a production system! Allow me to eat my own words, cause I'm using Win 7 on 4 production systems and love it, but I run the risk of it screwing something up and being my fault and not Microsofts.
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13 Apr 2009   #17
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Yes, I know. I meant this is not MS's first OS relaese. They know how to market. Things have changed a lot since Vista's release and we can all agree it's changed beyond imagination since the 2001 XP release. I think with torrents and other tech...there are a lot more people with access to these .iso files and it may make the RTM of 7 bigger than it would have otherwise been.
Right- it is called Marketing. They *really* want a turnaround from the Vista - so they are 'leaking' builds left and right to get more and more people talking about, using, and spreading the word about Windows 7. Come time to go gold, every one will want it, or so they hope.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SqdnGuns View Post
Who cares, just release something that works right for once..............Win7 may finally be it, time will tell.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
They do work right, you'll never get an OS that's perfect and anyone who ever expects one to show up will always be disappointed.
There's too much complexity in an OS, even all the way back to 3.1 days. Even when 3.1 was the new kid, the technology of the day was considered "complex" and all you can ever ask of your OS is that it's continually upgraded with SP's during it's lifetime.

With today's tech, these OS's are barely controllable Monsters, just waiting for the slightest opening to squeeze out of, that's why so many builds as every single change can wreak havoc on other parts of the OS. So this goes back to the OP as to why there are so many builds, there will be 100's of builds compiled by MS engineers, sometimes a couple a day as they work out as many kinks as possible and every single one will produce new problems to fix. It's not MS releasing them either, these are leaked from their trusted testers and OEM testers and NOT from MS themselves. I also agree that MS is Loving all the hype this is creating and that's why they have no intention of cracking down on unofficial leaks...this is the Best free advertising they could ever hope for!
lol - you beat me to it, and said it rather eloquently. Thanks for saving me a diatribe....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scaramonga View Post
.........and when RTM is released, there will still be complaints
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post
You have the option to not install each version that keeps getting leaked, I for one love each time a leak is released. If Microsoft is legitimately releasing it, Sweet. If they aren't legitimately releasing it, still sweet! I just love getting each and ever version I can to keep testing. These releases aren't meant for the regular Joe. If you want to beta test the product, do it, if not don't install them. As a side note, this shouldn't be used on a production system! Allow me to eat my own words, cause I'm using Win 7 on 4 production systems and love it, but I run the risk of it screwing something up and being my fault and not Microsofts.
I am a legit beta tester of all sorts of apps - so I get the builds b/c I want to see what is different, find things that are broken, and have my voice (amongst the millions) heard to help the company see that what *they* think is logical and correct is not necessarily the case with the public.
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