While there was initial speculation that a public beta was a ways off yet, it seems Microsoft will be cranking out the first public beta of Windows 7 sometime after the first of the year, as just confirmed by Keith Combs of Technet.
Those who attend the Microsoft Developer's Conference starting on January 13th should gain access to DVDs with the new Windows 7 beta on it. Those who attend these events in Chicago and Minneapolis will most likely be the first to receive copies.
Even though dubbed as a "first beta," it now seems Microsoft has accelerated their Windows 7 roll out schedule, giving them plenty of time to introduce further tests throughout 2009 and perhaps even offer an official release sometime next year, rather than in 2010.
We've been hearing about Windows 7 for quite some time now and as information leaks out, we're getting a better idea about what this new operating system will contain. Specifically, it's very Vista-esque. However, today we've learned the pre-beta release, which is set to be distributed to developers at PDC, will not be outfitted with all the Windows 7 beta has to offer.
All of you Firefox junkies out there will be pleased to hear the Firefox 3.1 beta has been released to the public. The good news is this update sports quite a few changes and interesting updates.
Windows 7, Milestone 3 was just previewed and Mary Jo Foley got a brief look at it. And though Microsoft is now just one more preview away from the official Beta 1 version, not a whole lot has changed from Vista.
Since it was announced earlier in the month that the beta keys were being emailed out for Wrath of the Lich King, I've been pretty much checking my email non-stop. Well last night I finally saw the email I was looking for. That's right, we can now bring you firsthand details of the beta.
We were hoping to hear some kind of announcement regarding the status of the Wrath of the Lich King Beta during Blizzard's WWI. There was little information to be had at the event, however, they have just announced that they are now taking applications for the beta.
The latest update to the iPhone’s firmware beta has become available and our own Vincent Nguyen has gotten his hands on it. The build number is 5A240d, Vincent has been running the second version of the beta for a couple of weeks and he said he immediately noticed a major improvement in system stability after upgrading to this latest firmware.
New enhancements include being able to save images from safari as well as the ability to search your contacts. They also apparently fixed a lot of the bugs that were found in the second beta release.
There are also some other new features included such as more settings for your calendar and a lot of new mail settings. Vincent is apparently also toying around with PWNAGE with the iPhone Dev Team reporting that these days cracking the latest firmware is as simple as doing “a simple byte search”. So, it’s nice to see things moving along in both the official and unofficial iPhone development worlds.
The major addition that the second beta of the iPhone 2.0 SDK brings is the Interface Builder. This nifty little tool will allow you to drag and drop in order to build the user interface for your application.
Apparently there have been mass mailings of rejections from the iPhone Developer Program. So, what we once thought was going to be a fairly open development platform is getting more and more closed every day.
We brought you news earlier in the week of the new free add-supported Quake title. Apparently it's getting a lot closer to production that we thought, as they're already opening up beta registration. Hit the jump for the skinny on how you can get signed up.