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Oh yeah - We shipped Beta1 today...

Oh yeah - We shipped Beta1 today...

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It feels wierd, because I don't normally jump on the "everyone in the world is blogging about it" bandwagon, but we shipped LH Beta1 today!

 

Yipee!

And Scoble has a great interview with Chris Jones up on channel 9.

I thought the sour look that quickly flashed across Chris's face when Scoble mentioned my "We've RI'ed" post was cute.  I hope I don't find an email from Chris in my in-box tomorrow :)

 

  • Don't worry, no one will hear you redundant "jump". The rss feed is giving 404 error at this moment. Happened just to be browsing the blogs.msdn.com incase of someone would start revealing all the NDA'd secrets and development stories of how you had to drop every feature from it. People already are claiming it looks just like Windows 95 :-) Some might say that's good.
  • Hey, it isn't LH Beta1. It is VI Beta1. I'm pretty sure I saw that VI is the abbreviation for Windows Vista like XP for Windows XP and 98SE for Windows 98 Second Edition.
  • Btw, Joku, w.r.t. dropping every feature...

    On the audio team, we dropped like three features of what we had planned for the alpha LH. That's it. And at least one of the features that was dropped has a high chance of coming back.

  • So you did... I'm downloading it (not at a bad speed so far, but it'll slow down when the US east coast wakes up) as I type.
    I must check what the NDA actually says before I say more.
    And they've given us all new beta IDs... grumble mumble
  • it should be a week or few days until Beta1 is available at the local p2p shop..
  • In related news, IE 7 beta was released... <He posted using IE 7>

    Larry, if you can say, as a percentage how "finished" is this latest Vista beta release? I mean can we expect to see much more new stuff in general?
  • How "finished"? I couldn't give a percentage. What I can say is that from the audio team, there is only one (huge) feature in Beta1. For Beta2, there are a half a dozen or so (somewhat smaller) features.

    Beta1's all about fundamentals, Beta2's about polish and bling. There's lot of stuff that's not in yet (WMP 11 is a really easy example).

    Chris Jones C9 interview actually spells out some of what's not there, fwiw.
  • I'm not sure exactly who to complain to about this, but Virtual PC won't load DVD images larger than 2.2GB, which makes evaluating Vista in VPC somewhat difficult to do. Is there a workaround or hotfix?
  • Larry,

    I wonder, when you in MS got to know that LH is actually Vista? (hope it is not NDA violation to answer such a question). Or it was solely area of marketing department and the developers are working on LH until now? :)

    Thanks!
  • Eric,

    I load an oversize DVD image into DAEMON Tools (a CD/DVD drive emulator) and set VPC to use the virtual drive. It has never given me a problem.
  • Alcohol 120% is the best CD/DVD Rom emulation package I've ever used. There is a trial and to buy it is $50~. I would list some of the features but I don't want people to think I'm advertising.
  • Masked, I found out when I read it on winnews :)

    They don't tell us anything around here.
  • I hope you aren't thinking of making "Vista" a trademark becasue it's a word in Italian that means "View"
  • Set VPC to use the virtual drive together with http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/b/6/7b6abd84-7841-4978-96f5-bd58df02efa2/winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel_21.exe (It's free)
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