Microsoft is readying the next—and seemingly final public—beta builds of its Office 2007 client and SharePoint Server 2007 server products, according to bloggers inside and outside the company. Last week, Microsoft notified Office testers officially of its plans for the next build, known as Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR). According to a note posted to the Office 2007 beta site:
"The B2TR (Beta 2 Technical Refresh) build will be releasing in the not too distant future and we're starting to outline plans for that release. Over the next weeks we'll be providing more information about what TAP (Technology Adoption Program) members can expect in the way of deployment planning, Vista interoperability and support from our product development teams for B2TR deployments."When asked for more specifics on Beta 2 TR timing, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the build would go live sometime soon "in the months to come."
Microsoft is expected by beta testers to release a new test build of Windows Vista – dubbed "Release Candidate 1" – by the end of August. It's not clear if the Office team is working to release the Beta 2 TR around the same time.