Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 and Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 2, along with the release of 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2 and Microsoft sees this is a significant milestone in the company's history, as it is the first time Microsoft have released the beta versions of all three of the company's flagship products simultaneously.
Microsoft's enterprise customers will start experiencing Windows Vista Beta 2 today via the Customer Technology Preview (CTP) channels. In June Microsoft will also make the beta available for public download so that technology enthusiasts can take an early look at the product.
Beta 2 is available now to developers and IT professionals who are subscribers to MSDN or TechNet, as well as to members of the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) and the TechBeta program. Beta 2 will also be more broadly available to additional developers and IT professionals, as well as consumer technology enthusiasts, in the coming weeks as part of the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP), which is pretty new.
With the release of Windows Vista beta 2, Microsoft have focused on improving the experience, reliability and overall quality of Windows Vista for both enterprise and consumer/enthusiast audiences, providing a more complete and productive testing environment for customers.
In addition, Windows Vista beta 2 brings new opportunities for developers and IHVs to begin building software/hardware that will bring compelling and differentiated value to customers.
More news about the Windows Vista Beta 2 launch should be available later today. Anyway, I'm not sure (at least I hope) if the Mobile Device Sync Center is now part of the Beta or if it is still left. I hope it is part since it promises a complete new user experiences, not to be comparable with what we know from ActiveSync 3 and 4.
Cheers ~ Arne