Linked by weildish on Sat 7th Feb 2009 10:59 UTC
Windows One of the big hypes of Windows 7 was the new integrated touch and multitouch features unheard of in previous systems. On paper, it all looks nice, but the folks over at Engadget recently tested out these said features of the beta on an HP TouchSmart PC, and were underwhelmed by the efficiency of the features.
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RE[2]: not astonishing
by abraxas on Sat 7th Feb 2009 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: not astonishing"
abraxas
Member since:
2005-07-07

"So is anybody really astonished to see Microsoft once again overpromising / underperforming.


Dude, BETA. B, E, T, A. BETA. Beta. Beta. Beta? Yes, beta! What you say, beta? Oh my god, beta? Yes, BETA! Give me a B, give me an E, give me a T, give me an A, gooooooooooo BETA!!!!!!

Get it?
"

Doesn't beta imply feature-complete? If Windows 7 is truly a beta then shouldn't the underwhelming experience of its features mean something? If not I guess Windows 7 isn't ready to be called beta and we'll once again be sold an incomplete and buggy OS as release quality.

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RE[3]: not astonishing
by darknexus on Sat 7th Feb 2009 17:50 in reply to "RE[2]: not astonishing"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I think you're confusing "beta" with "release candidate." An RC is supposed to be feature complete, the purpose of the rc being to iron out any major issues that might still exist. A beta, on the other hand, typically isn't feature complete and is a work in progress in both areas, features and bug squashing.

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v RE[4]: not astonishing
by MysterMask on Sat 7th Feb 2009 18:28 in reply to "RE[3]: not astonishing"
RE[4]: not astonishing
by abraxas on Sat 7th Feb 2009 20:55 in reply to "RE[3]: not astonishing"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

I think you're confusing "beta" with "release candidate." An RC is supposed to be feature complete, the purpose of the rc being to iron out any major issues that might still exist. A beta, on the other hand, typically isn't feature complete and is a work in progress in both areas, features and bug squashing.


No. Beta is feature complete. RC is exactly that, a Release Candidate. The final RC generally goes on to become the final release with little or no changes. Beta's are for testing the new features and APIs.

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