Microsoft's Beta-Fest: Vista, Longhorn and Office

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2006-05-23 Print this article Print

eWEEK Labs gives the first look and reviews of Microsoft's latest Vista, Office and Longhorn Server betas. It is clearly make or break time for Microsoft as the company enters the home stretch of its most important product cycle.

Microsoft executives highlighted the road maps for Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and Office 2007 at the upcoming annual hardware-engineering conference in Seattle.

"We're turning the corner on all three of our core products. We are heading toward delivery," said Mike Burk, product manager with the Windows group. That is the message that Microsoft will deliver to about 3,000 attendees of WinHEC (the annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference), which kicks off on May 23 in Seattle.

Indeed, WinHEC is clearly make or break time for Microsoft. The first indicator of how Microsoft will fare: the beta triple-header. The software giant unleashed a barrage of products to beta testers.


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  • Longhorn Server Shows Inside-Out Improvement to Windows
  • Not Just Another Day at the Office


  • View the Vista Beta Gallery
  • See the New Office Beta Gallery
  • Check Out the Longhorn Server Beta Gallery


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  • Microsoft Outlines Virtualization Plans
  • Microsoft Tells All on Vista's Hardware Needs
  • Microsoft Scurries to Virtualize Servers
  • Vista: What You Need to Know
  • Microsoft's WinHEC Message: 'We're Turning the Corner'
  • Report Casts Doubt on Vista's Security Impact


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