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Saturday January 31, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Taking Unusual Development Route

ComputerWorld reports that Microsoft is taking an unusual (for them) path in bringing Windows 7 to the masses. They’re moving straight from the single beta release that was made available in January to a release candidate. Is this acceleration of the development process another admission to Vista’s shortcomings or a preview of the more agile schedule MS would like to use?

Microsoft usually runs its operating systems through multiple betas and multiple release candidates. It delivered two betas and two release candidates for Windows Vista, for example, during that operating system's trouble-plagued development. But Microsoft has been adamant about speeding up the development process.

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