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Following up on the weird shenanigans of late last week, Microsoft really did announce Beta 1 of Millennium yesterday -- or at least we think it did. An email has gone out to selected testers welcoming them to "the upcoming beta." Microsoft accidentally announced Beta 1 in a press release last Friday (24th), although the release itself was for some reason dated the 22nd. This time around there doesn't seem to have been a release, although the Redmond Webbies, no doubt suffering from a severe spanking over the Beta 1 goof, were up early yesterday, posting releases about other stuff like crazy. Testers are now being told they'll be notified when Beta 1 will be available by FTP, and that it will be sent out by mail tomorrow. It's worth noting that the email confirms that Microsoft has recruited numerous new beta testers for demographic reasons; this has hacked-off veteran MS testers who've been left out this time around. Says Microsoft: "Many of you are new to beta testing, but we look forward to your fresh point of view and approach to testing this pre-release software." It's still entirely unclear why Friday's announcement was countermanded only for the beta to go ahead anyway on Monday, but from Microsoft's point of view, so far so good. The beta was scheduled to start before the end of the month, and it has. ® Related Stories MS announces Millennium beta - by mistake MS doesn't know which Millennium it is

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