Microsoft has announced its software
trifecta by releasing Beta 2 builds of Windows Vista, Longhorn Server
and Office 2007 System at this year's Windows
Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). Copies of Beta 2 builds
Vista and Longhorn
Server are available to developers and IT professionals with MSDN
and TechNet subscriptions or to members of Technology Adoption
Program (TAP) and the TechBeta program. The general public can,
Beta 2 copies of 2007 Microsoft Office system immediately.
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates remarked “The release of these three betas is
a significant milestone for Microsoft and a major step toward
delivering the platforms that will drive the next decade of
computing. The combination of these innovative platform technologies
and the new hardware and software being developed by our partners
will make PCs and other devices more powerful, more useful and more
intelligent for businesses today and into the future.”
Microsoft's software programs have seen
some rough seas in past months. The public release of Windows Vista
back to from 2H 06 to January of 2007. On top of that Office 2007
was also delayed
to coincide with the launch of Windows Vista.
But while the shipping versions of
those powerhouse offerings from Microsoft won't be available until
early next year, at least consumers get to play with feature complete
builds today in the case of Office 2007 -- the Windows Vista Customer
Preview Program (CPP) will launch in the coming weeks.For those of you who'd like to read more about Microsoft's latest software offerings, you can read Paul Thurrott's reviews of Office 2007 Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2.
quote: a major step toward delivering the platforms that will drive the next decade of computing.