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Will Open Source Replace Beta Testing at Microsoft?

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    a !

    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,1938275,00.asp

    Microsoft's Engineering Excellence unit, headed by 20-year company veteran Jon DeVaan, is overseeing a project to reengineer the way software is developed inside Microsoft. DeVaan, a member of Microsoft's central Business Leadership Team, manages the engineering standards used to create Microsoft's software products

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    blowdart

    Way to misread the article.

    They're talking about frequent beta/CTP builds, which apparently are only a feature of open source (way to miss the whole agile "movement" there Mary)

    However holding up VS2005 and SQL2005 as successes for the CTP process might annoy a few people who are not happy with the quality of those poducts. Not to mention the missing features.

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    Mike Dimmick

    I have a feeling that the lack of Avalon and Indigo builds for post-Beta 2 versions of .NET Framework 2.0 actually kept most people from testing the release candidates of VS and SQL Server 2005. It certainly stopped me from testing them - to the limited extent I was testing them.

    Anyone else?

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    Andrei P

    Yesterday I was seeing "Microsoft moves to open source" titles degenerated from this story. It's incredible what people understand or want to understand from a story simple as this. Here's the accurate story: http://www.redmondtimes.com/news/12/Microsoft-may-give-up-beta-versioning

    Basically they are giving up beta versions of the software in favor of frequent previews. Which I believe is a very good change.

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    rjdohnert

    Does Mary Jo Foley need another spanking? Tongue Out Big Smile

    blowdart wrote:

    They're talking about frequent beta/CTP builds, which apparently are only a feature of open source (way to miss the whole agile "movement" there Mary)

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    blowdart

    rjdohnert wrote:
    Does Mary Jo Foley need another spanking?


    You know all she'll do is cut and paste something from this thread as a new "news article"

    Big Smile

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