1. Windows 7 Beta – why?
Beta is a label synonymous with a critical milestone in the development of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems, as it marks the company moving away from dogfooding and testing internally early Alpha Builds towards the point where the product meets the necessary quality standard to be made available as a preview release to the general public. Microsoft is essentially inviting the public to lend a helping hand in building the next iteration of the Windows platform, by testing the operating system and providing feedback, which permits the company to soften all the rough edges of the software before RTM.
“We need a bit of information so we can gather your feedback and in case we need to send information about the Beta. We will also collect automated reporting feedback from PCs running the Beta to help collectively analyze issues and file bug reports where appropriate,” Microsoft informed.