Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Nov 2005 16:45 UTC, submitted by Dan Quintoz
Windows The second beta of Vista will not come until next year. Microsoft did not give a time frame for the release of Beta 2 of the operating system, and said only that it would have more to say next year. MS had not said when Beta 2 will come, but some had expected it might come in December or January. More here, and here is a review of build 5259 that was supposed to be the November CTP, but actually wasn't (get it?). In related news, Microsoft has entered the beta period for Windows OneCare Live.
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History does repeat...
by thavith_osn on Wed 30th Nov 2005 20:44 UTC
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2005-07-11

Vista is slipping again, no news here...

This is just funny, that's all. I work as a programmer, so I know about slip dates, don't get me wrong, but this is getting a little funny I think.

Vista will be out in 04, then 05 and now 06 (maybe), that's around 3 years! But not just 3 years, 3 years with a product less than what they originally planned for 04. When I look at Vista, I'm struggling to see 4-5 years worth of work (I'm assuming they started with Longhorn a little after the release of XP). I can see a couple of years worth, but not 4-5?

Apple tried this with Copland (as someone has pointed out) and failed (if they had MS's money and commitments, then maybe we would have Copland now). OS X does have some of the Capland tech, so it wasn't all wasted.

I think MS would have loved to have thrown in the towel a long time ago and do what Apple did with Darwin, put their application layer on top of a *nix kernel like Linux or some such, but are now committed. I think Apple did the right thing, I think MS needs to do the same but can't. They would also have to move some cool stuff like completion ports and so on to the kernel, but then MS could concentrate on the App related stuff like Apple does, and less on the underlying OS.

I'm sure we will all read soon what is going on within the walls at MS, I've heard some interesting tales already... Anyway, MS can only grow and learn from all this, but it also means that everyone else now had their foot in the door.

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