Feeds

WinXP Beta 2 declared – release slated for noon Sunday PST

PRs from Hell muzzle press till then too, apparently...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Website security in corporate America

Beta 2 of Windows XP was declared yesterday (Friday 23rd), according to Redmond sources, but the switch doesn't get thrown until 12 noon tomorrow, PST. And that's the switch on the press too, apparently - all the usual suspects are embargoed till noon, so expect a spike of suspiciously well prepared looking stories at that time.

As nobody even asked us to sign an NDA, we've no idea what amazing carrot was waved in order to get the cream of the PC press to button it until tomorrow, but they can all have fun getting their first looks and reviews out then. Even the ones who accidentally published their Beta 2 reviews last Wednesday, then unpublished them again when the code didn't show.

There was, our spies tell us, a great party in Redmond last night in celebration of the sign-off, and we have some more information on what went wrong with the Wednesday target ship date. The five show stopper bugs were found last weekend, and the oddly designated build 2462a was essentially an update to the bugged build.

Despite being under great pressure and up against a deadline, the beta team took it slowly and carefully. As we understand it build 2462a could just about have been released as Beta 2 for Wednesday, but instead went through a period of "sanity checking and then some reappraisal" to make sure they'd got it all right, and the fixes worked, and didn't break anything else.

This kind of exercise takes 24-48 hours, which takes us through to Friday, when Beta 2 was declared. The pause until Sunday and the press embargo is in order to avoid a stampede/feeding frenzy, but it's definitely being released to testers then, and MSDN may go out at the same time. ®

Related stories:
Not-delay of WinXP Beta 2 extends till Sunday

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.