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[4]: not astonishing
by MysterMask on Sat 7th Feb 2009 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: not astonishing"
MysterMask
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2005-07-12

A beta, on the other hand, typically isn't feature complete and is a work in progress in both areas, features and bug squashing.


Nope, dude. You mix Alpha with Beta. Alpha is feature complete but not bug free, while RC is 'seems ready to be released, but might contain show-stoppers when deployed and tested on a wider range of hardware' (hence the name release candidate). Beta is for squashing bugs.

But actually it doesn't matter if you call the thing beta or not. If Microsoft didn't get the touch features right, they won't be better in RC or the final release because they a) don't have enough time to change and test it and b) don't know jack about good user interfaces anyway. Of course they'll still claim their touch input is the best thing since bread and butter when they start selling Lose7 to the people that desperately try to get away from Vista ..

(BTW: the cheering of the fangirls here is really embarrassing - considering that Lose7 is a SP release users have to pay for ..)

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RE[5]: not astonishing
by abraxas on Sat 7th Feb 2009 20:59 in reply to "RE[4]: not astonishing"
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2005-07-07

Nope, dude. You mix Alpha with Beta. Alpha is feature complete but not bug free, while RC is 'seems ready to be released, but might contain show-stoppers when deployed and tested on a wider range of hardware' (hence the name release candidate). Beta is for squashing bugs.


Alpha isn't feature complete. Alpha is still in developement and is often not released to anyone outside of where it is developed (unless it is open source of course). Beta's are generally the first available feature complete versions of software meant for testing by a wider audience to discover bugs and inconsistencies.

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