Microsoft Details Windows 8 And IE10 Internal Testing

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News Posted: Sat, Sep 29 2012 1:23 AM
A product is only as good as its creators say it is, and in the case of Windows 8, it looks as if it's not going to hit store shelves until those within Microsoft's walls test the heck out of it. A new blog post today over at the company's site details the story of deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft, which it fondly refers to as "dogfooding." Basically, it's the forced act of eating their own dogfood. It's a pretty strange, potentially graphic visual, but it goes to show that the company isn't taking the launch lightly. According to Microsoft, it "enables the IT department to help Microsoft’s product teams deliver higher quality products and services to customers, both near-term and long-term."

Currently, a few products in the Microsoft stable have hit this position, but it's Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview getting the most attention. As of mid-July, over 30,000 systems and nearly 30,000 employees were running both. And if that's not a great way to beta test, what is? You can read a bit more on Microsoft's journey below, and it's actually a pretty fascinating thing. It's rare that companies open up their stories in this way, and it's certainly good to see Windows 8 undergoing such intense testing prior to October 26th. That's right; Windows 8 hits next month!
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3vi1 replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 11:42 PM

> As of mid-July, over 30,000 systems and nearly 30,000 employees were running both. And if that's not a great way to beta test, what is?

Asking one person whose job doesn't depend on general acceptance of the direction of the product.

If I didn't know better, I would swear the October 26th date was designed to give Ubuntu 12.10 the shortest press window ever.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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JDiaz replied on Sun, Sep 30 2012 6:13 AM

Doubtful, it's not like they compete much at all for the same users outside of the server market. Besides, there's always Ubuntu 13.04 that's slated for April, with Alpha release in December...

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Sep 30 2012 6:14 AM

Well, 3vi1, given that, in contrast to the hullabaloo we see every time Microsoft blows its nose, the press hardly covers releases of GNU/Linux distros at all, I doubt that MS's choice of a date has much to do with the 12.10 release some eight days earlier, on 18 October. But perhaps HH could do its bit to repair the inequality - how about a head-to-head test after the 26th !...


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