Feeds

One last build before beta 2 – MS goes on WinXP BSOD hunt

Still not beta 2, but nearly, nearly...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft released yet another pre-beta 2 build of WinXP last night, but from the sound of it this one - build 2458 - is largely a last minute reality check before the company makes the beta 2 release next week. The scheduled date for beta 2 has been pushed back from the beginning of this month to March 21st.

According to the release notes, Microsoft is only looking for "serious issues on this build. Bluescreens, crashes and hangs and such." Testers are urged to report this class of issue ASAP, but to lay off reporting "non serious issues" until they have beta 2. "We're close enough to beta 2 that we won't be making changes unless the problem is very very serious. By only reporting the most serious of issues you will give us the time we need to investigate these before we release Beta 2 instead of having to wade through reports of things that ultimately we don't have time to fix anyway. Thanks for your help in this area."

You don't have to read very far between the lines to spot the coding team with the unmissable deadline looming; unless something really bad shows up, the 21st is the day.

It's also worth noting that the build number itself is probably pretty close to the latest build Microsoft is likely to have internally at this juncture. When it released 2446 to external testers earlier this month it was already several builds further on, but last week's leak of 2454 to the outside world was pretty current code, and the company reportedly had made 2456 by the end of last week. It being - surely - the last externally released build before beta 2, 2458 will probably give us the best picture yet of what Microsoft intends the shipping product to be. ®

Related stories

WinXP beta 2 slides a week - a marketing thing?
More WinXP code leaks onto Web, with pix

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.