Windows 7 Beta 1 January 13, 2009?

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  1. Posts : 70
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64

    Cool. Now should I bring my new build forward for it
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  2. Posts : 104
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    This is excellent! Bring on Windows 7!
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  3. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
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    My money is on January 13

    "Mary Jo Foley still thinks Windows 7 Beta 1 is going to be available in mid-December, specifically, December 17.
    My money is on January 13.
    So who’s right? Probably both of us. Mary Jo is probably right that the Beta 1 build will be locked down and signed off in mid-December, But I’m probably right about when everyone outside the hallowed halls of One Microsoft Way gets their hands on it.
    The process of locking down a major release of Windows (which this will most certainly be) is a complex one. Right now, as I write this, Microsoft has already created “escrow builds” of Windows 7 that are feature complete. You could also call these release candidates, and although purists within the Microsoft dev teams might grimace, you would have the right idea. (Raymond Chen has an excellent explanation of how and why the terms have evolved. Money quote: “The term escrow does a good job of conveying the true state of the build: ‘It’s over, and we’re not going to touch it unless there is a real emergency.’”)
    Those escrow builds are solid and stable enough to use every day and to test extensively, which is no doubt what is happening right now inside the Microsoft corporate network. The goal of the testing is to uncover regressions and showstopper bugs. At some point, after the list of potential showstoppers is cleared and no new bugs are found, an escrow build is declared ready to release.
    December 17 is an ideal date to target for that to happen. If the Windows dev team hits its dates, everyone gets to enjoy the holidays and the code is ready to show off at CES. (And if any last-minute glitches appear, there’s still time to iron them out, even if it means a miserable Christmas and New Year’s for the engineers assigned to do the ironing.) Meanwhile, manufacturing can get busy cranking out DVDs and accompanying documentation for distribution to press, analysts, partners, and customers (like attendees of the MSDN Developers Conference).
    In the old days (mid-2006 and earlier), invited beta testers had a special place in this hierarchy. They typically got builds that the general public never saw, and they got a head start on downloading and testing milestone releases. Today, under the current Windows management, that group officially doesn’t exist. If you’re not a Microsoft employee or part of a very small group of privileged corporate partners and OEMs, you’ll get the release at the same time as everyone else.
    As a principal author of a book on Windows 7 under the Microsoft Press imprint, it’s frustrating as hell to work under the new system. Knowing that beta code will be ready some four weeks before I actually receive it and can begin dissecting and documenting it is maddening. But that’s the way things work at Microsoft, circa 2008."

    A closer look at Windows 7 release dates | Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise |
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  4. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate

    The sooner the better; if you ask me!......Thanks Norm.

    Later Ted
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  5. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

    I'm ready when they are. :)

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  6. Posts : 4,364
    Windows 11 21H2 Current build

    Dec 16 I am going to the M$ conference in Atlanta - I hope to get the latest version available then. Maybe *wink wink* it will later turn out to be the first public Beta....
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  7. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
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    johngalt said:
    Dec 16 I am going to the M$ conference in Atlanta - I hope to get the latest version available then. Maybe *wink wink* it will later turn out to be the first public Beta....
    How big is your brief case. Can you fit a half dozen of us in there?
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  8. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate

    I bet both articles above are correct; that they're going to "take names" at the conferences, then mail copies to the attendees in mid January.

    Be sure to keep us informed!

    Later Ted
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  9. Posts : 232
    Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

    December 16 is coincidentally my birthday ^_^.

    I can has beta for my bday? Bday for Beta-Day? =P
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  10. Posts : 2,899
    Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

    yay i was
    but im still hopeful for something in the meantime...
    (everyone knows what i mean...)
    sorry but i cant wait.....
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