Changing gears for a minute: That other big software company north of Google is becoming less and less mysterious about its forthcoming and highly anticipated new operating system. Microsoft is set to release Beta 2 of Vista this quarter to enterprise customers and will have it in the hands of millions of consumers in the second quarter. The goal: get all the bugs out before a year-end release. Unlike past operating-system releases, the company finished the feature set before the second beta.
What's the big deal? That gives people like you more time to test the quality, the performance, and the application compatibility, and more time for Microsoft to fix all of the problems, rather than focusing on additional cool stuff (and there's plenty of cool stuff in Vista, I can assure you). It's the most transparent the company's ever been about a forthcoming product, Microsoft execs say.
Want to learn more? Tune in to a chat that John Foley and I had with Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms, products, and services division, last week in New York. You can find the video at informationweek.com/newsshow/allchin.jhtml.
Stephanie Stahl, Editor-in-chief