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[7]: not astonishing
by hollovoid on Sun 8th Feb 2009 00:58 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: not astonishing"
hollovoid
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2005-09-21

But this long standing method seems to be an unwritten method to be passed down, I have not seen any genuine guideline that describes what is to be done or what is not to be done in the process of a beta and alpha, or even an RC. While working at Xerox, different teams even had different objectives for each stage, where features were added late in a release candidate as long as they weren't impossibly complex to implement, whereas others would not out of "principal". Many people look how its done in their favorite project and make noise when another project does it differently, saying it's incorrect, I just don't see how they could possibly know what is "correct".

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RE[8]: not astonishing
by abraxas on Sun 8th Feb 2009 05:08 in reply to "RE[7]: not astonishing"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

But this long standing method seems to be an unwritten method to be passed down, I have not seen any genuine guideline that describes what is to be done or what is not to be done in the process of a beta and alpha, or even an RC. While working at Xerox, different teams even had different objectives for each stage, where features were added late in a release candidate as long as they weren't impossibly complex to implement, whereas others would not out of "principal". Many people look how its done in their favorite project and make noise when another project does it differently, saying it's incorrect, I just don't see how they could possibly know what is "correct".


The terms "alpha" and "beta" in reference to software were invented by IBM and they have meant pretty much the same thing since punch cards. It wasn't until 10 years ago or so when "beta" became a marketing term somehow. Since then people have used the word "beta" to describe anything unfinished. It's annoying to hear people embrace this usage on a technical site like OSnews. Honestly I have never seen "alpha" and "beta" misused by software companies for anything other than marketing.

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