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