Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Nov 2009 21:39 UTC
Internet Explorer "Many wonder why Microsoft doesn't offer nightly builds - or at least something fairly frequent - of Internet Explorers. Ars talks to Microsoft's general manager for Internet Explorer, who says the IE9 development cycle will look much the same as previous versions. We don't think that's a great idea."
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by Kroc on Fri 20th Nov 2009 22:11 UTC in reply to "..."
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Nightly builds make sense for a company with basically infinite cash, and that such a large percentage of the web relies upon still, and with developers targeting this software.

Is it _really_ Microsoft’s intention to literally spring IE9 as surprise on companies and developers and expect them to 'clean up the web' in an incredibly short time just because MS can’t get their act together and do something so insanely difficult as compile something once a day. (Mozilla’s build farm is doing hundreds of builds an hour across four platforms and several branches).

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by edwdig on Fri 20th Nov 2009 22:30 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2005-08-22

Is it _really_ Microsoft’s intention to literally spring IE9 as surprise on companies and developers and expect them to 'clean up the web' in an incredibly short time


Not at all. That's part of the reason they release preview & beta builds every few months. By the time they get near the end of the development cycle, things aren't changing that much.

The problem is IE is integrated into the OS, and lots and lots of software is dependent on it. They're not going to release a build into the wild that hasn't had heavy regression testing. Releasing nightly builds would be a support nightmare, both for MS and other developers.

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by robojerk on Sat 21st Nov 2009 05:53 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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2006-01-10

The problem is IE is integrated into the OS, and lots and lots of software is dependent on it. They're not going to release a build into the wild that hasn't had heavy regression testing. Releasing nightly builds would be a support nightmare, both for MS and other developers.

That's nonsense. There's no reason why MS can't build IE to have parallel installations for non release builds. I think it would actually be more beneficial for them to seed pre-releases that can install in parallel.

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