IE8 Beta 2 has a surprise for Windows XP SP3 users
Opinion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ok, I get it: Beta software isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t software that should be run on computers you rely on every day. Betas are merely previews of products we can use to get a glimpse of the future and should be treated with care as bugs and hiccups are almost certainly part of the deal. MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest IE8 Beta surely has bugs as well, but there is one surprise that is a bit beyond my comfort level: Some users may actually not be able to uninstall this beta anymore.
Microsoft and beta software is a story all by itself. In fact, Microsoft treats beta software very differently than most software companies do. While betas are typically developer-only packages elsewhere, Microsoft betas are a fixed and important part of the software release and marketing process that began with Windows 95 and IE4: Microsoft gave away thousands of Windows 95 Betas in prize drawings back in 1994 and the actual IE4 launch was initiated with the IE4 beta Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I still have my beta T-shirt given out at a launch party back then.
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