Microsoft confirms no Windows 7 beta 2, RC details

Stephen Sinofsky, Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group at Microsoft, has written a blog post to everyone testing the Windows 7 Beta giving out details about skipping the Windows 7 Beta 2, and going directly to the Release Candidate (RC) build, also known as a Beta refresh. The Release Candidate will be the last testing phase of the Windows 7 fully featured operating system before the final version of Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build, which ships to companies and consumers all around the globe.

The engineering team said in their blog post that "At the peak we were receiving one "Send Feedback" note every 15 seconds!" giving an impression just how much feedback Microsoft is receiving during the Beta phase. The blog also suggests that Microsoft is watching and reading peoples blogs and forums about the impression of Windows 7, and accommodating accordingly to peoples impressions of the Beta.

We can expect to see bug fixes and some improvements overall in the Release Candidate, as the team has been fixing issues with smaller things such as keyboards, cameras and other devices providing it doesn't affect performance, behaviour, compatibility, or reliability.

No dates were given on the Release Candidate (RC) or the Release to Manufacturing (RTM), but we can expect the Windows 7 Beta will be very similar to the final version we can expect in stores later this year.

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in my experiences of installing it on my HP laptop, i found beta 1 to be a step back from m3.
if i put the laptop to sleep, after a while it just shuts down and there's a log in the event viewer about kernel power... this never happened with the m3 build.
but with some of the features, notably the aero snap (i think it's called, where you can move windows to the edges and it fits 1/2 of the screen, etc...) i really like. xp just seems old and tired in comparison, i don't know why anyone would want to stay with it.
if they get that sleep bug fixed (which i reported), i'd have no complaints.

I'm very impressed with Beta 1 of Win7, doesn't surprise me if they really do jump to RC.
I have no issues with it and will upgrade to 7 from XP (tho I'll do a clean full install for that).
I find it faster, sleek and easy to use. It's deff an upgrade from xp, and a renewal from Vista but cleaned up.
This should've been Vista, I guess this is their second chance before more people run to Apple.. lol

It's being rushed out the door, just like Vista.
Windows7 is in better overall shape than Vista but it's still a rush job with corners cut.

Denholm said,
It's being rushed out the door, just like Vista.
Windows7 is in better overall shape than Vista but it's still a rush job with corners cut.

Go read up on the release history of Windows, and then come back here when you get a clue.

What corners are being cut? I've used every publically released version of Win7 since 6801 and it is by far the fastest and most stable beta OS I've ever tested and that includes Windows back to Win98 and numerous Linux OS's.

Well, I for one LIKE IT. I installed it when it was released to the public on my E1505 with 2 gig ram and have had
NO issues related to the OS itself. I have two software issues with 3rd party software, that I had to use XP compatibility mode to get working, but that was it. It's what "Vista" probably should have been.

Budious said,
When dealing with Windows, you're always a Guinea Pig until SP1 is available.

Maybe you should try the Windows 7 beta?

I think you'll find Microsoft know what they're doing this time and have learnt from any past mistakes in regards to development

if you ask me beta 1 feels like a finished OS and id be happy enough if it was. i love it the way it is but if they make it any better we're in for a treat

so things like msi installer crappin its nappy should happen in a rtm os should it not to mention various other programs not installing evan when using various modes of compatability there's also still a lot of driver issues to resolved >coughcough< ati nvidia and a few others

Hi,

- We knew from the beginning that the only beta would be Beta 1 ! Why are people complaining NOW ? Microsoft are not rushing things, they're just sticking to what they said.

Beta 1 is VERY stable and I've only come across 1 or 2 issues (albeit with other programs installed, so the core of it is fine). I think we'll possibly see a release in June.

Given W7 is most likely tracking Vista SP2 save for UI and some other issues... why not?
Realize the codebase W7 is working from and consider WS2008R2 and VSP2 are hitting RC, W7 is right there.

Few remember that MS is using the same code base now, Whenever they find a problem in Vista or Server 2k8, when that's fixed it's also fixed in Win7.

Using a single code base for all 3 speeds up development times now.

It's so sad that people are willing to accept so many bugs in their software, no wonder Microsoft has been willing to put out so many half baked version and sell them anyways.

The attitude here should be keep testing it until it's actually done. That would mean a couple more betas being put out before the RTM in 2010.

hardgiant said,
It's so sad that people are willing to accept so many bugs in their software, no wonder Microsoft has been willing to put out so many half baked version and sell them anyways.

The attitude here should be keep testing it until it's actually done. That would mean a couple more betas being put out before the RTM in 2010.


If you keep testing an OS untill every bug is fixed it will never be released. If you really think it is possible to release bugfree software you have never ever in you live programmed

I really enjoy the W7 beta, and I am using it full time as an OS, because that's the only way to discover bugs not clear to the eye.

I think all the comments in here about microsoft "rushing" Windows 7, and "fanboys all swallow everything microsoft do raw" and so on, are just what I like to call;

"obsessive disagreement disorder"

People that just CANNOT say one positive thing about ANYTHING that other people are positive about.

For the people that think this is rushed... They've been working on it, what two years now? They started work on it even before Vista was complete as lab projects... and comapred to OSX, the release cycle is about the same, OSX has what 12 to 19 month release cycles? this is in the same time frame, so its no more rushed then OSX

For me, W7 Beta 1 feels like a RC, it is very stable, no major compatibility problems, same Vista driver schema, and as NEUFUSE said, they've been working on it for two years now.

I use the beta as main OS and even though it's solid performance wise, it's not ready for the consumers yet. they still have quite some work to do to refine the UX and UI and general presentation. Although it may seem like a final product already it's not quite polished yet which it needs to be.

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