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Putting The Finishing Touches On Vista

Microsoft plans to release Windows Vista Beta 2 in two phases: one for businesses in the first quarter and one for consumers in the second quarter. CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney and Industry Editor Barbara Darrow spoke with Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Co-President of the Platform Products & Services Division, about that strategy.

CRN: So Vista Beta 2 will be released in two Community Technology Previews (CTPs)?

ALLCHIN: We’ll produce one this quarter and one next quarter. We’re targeting each CTP at a particular audience. The one coming up this quarter will be targeted toward our corporate accounts.

CRN: How widely will it be deployed?

ALLCHIN: We’re asking our TAP customers to deploy [it] to hundreds of PCs inside each of their companies—there will be thousands and thousands of versions out there. The one we do next quarter will be much broader and targeted more for consumers. That level of distribution [will be] a million, maybe 2 million. The last of these [will be] the last Beta 2, and we won’t do RC0. We’ll move from there right to RC1. We wanted to get code completed a little earlier, and we did that, and between now and RTM we’re doing nothing but listening to usability feedback, improving performance and quality.

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