Microsoft beta madness

Talk about confusing… the long overdue Windows Vista beta 2 (not a community technology preview but a real beta release) has widely been expected to ship this week and yesterday, Bill Gates announced that beta 2 versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server (codenamed Longhorn) and Office 2007 are available.

The betas are ready! Office

Indeed, late last night I received an e-mail inviting me to download beta 2 of Office 2007 but strangely it said that “The Windows Vista Beta is not yet available. The Beta Experience newsletter will inform you about the availability of the Windows Vista Beta”. Vista beta 2 (build 5384) is clearly available for download from Microsoft Connect but, as usual, the product groups don’t seem to be talking to one another.

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