Who makes the decision on who gets Win 8RC ?

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    catilley1092

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    Whenever Microsoft decides to have a RC for Windows 8, who makes the decision as to who does and doesn't "fit the bill" to try it out?
     
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    I thought RC like RC1 in Vista and 7 was free to everyone to download Cat ?
     
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    I thought you had to have certain computer specs, etc.
     
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    Early in the game, a select few maybe all MS uses for testing.

    If MS releases another Beta/RC edition to the public, anyone could download and install.
     
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    Sorry Cat I misunderstood ... yep probably will be system requirements :)
     
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    I had to become a technet subscriber in order to get the last RC of windows seven.
     
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    As far as I can recall, the RC for windows 7 was available to the public for testing. It was not unique to Technet subscribers??
    Perhaps, cattiley, at this stage, it is not even under consideration? IMO, the reason the Windows 7 RC was handed out to the public, was due to the very negative publicity received for Windows Vista. It was an early decision to make that a shadow of the past.
    If we are referring to Betas, however, I don't remember an OS Beta ever being made available to the lower echelon (retail) Technet subscribers, but I could be wrong.
    If you are lucky enough to be in one of the beta testing programs, confidential download information is normally sent direct from Microsoft, for the latest beta.
     
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    I hope it's like Window 7 Beta and RC releases and available to the General Public.

    I think being a member of the TechNet, not a subscription, just joining via email address may be a plus also.
     
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    I'm not a TechNet Subscriber and I got to try out the last Windows 7 Beta and RC, I would love to do the same for Windows 8
     
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    I think they made 7 available to a lot of people because the believed Vista to be a disappointment. They may think it not necessary for 8. On the other hand it would be hard to argue with the success of 7's marketing plan.
     
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    I'm beginning to wonder, w/XP still hanging around, if MS may wait a little longer prior to Windows 8 release. If MS were to release it in 3 years from the time that 7 was RTM, that would put it in the 3rd quarter of '12. That would mean that MS would be actively supporting 4 versions of Windows. Sure, Win 2K was still receiving support, but that crowd amounted to 1% of users. There are many XP users who will hang on till the end, and probably 2 to 3 years more.
    Being as great OS as 7 is, it would seem that it would be in the best interest of all to wait another year and a half, until mid April '14, then XP wouldn't even be a factor in things. Plus, the developers could then totally dedicate themselves to producing quality 64 bit software only. 18 months really isn't that much longer, and I believe that when history is written, 7 will bury XP's "legacy" forever.
    Just my thoughts.
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    I think that's a fairly accurate assumption. Pretty soon all of the XP users will get bored and realize that it's okay to buy (or torrent) a new operating system and that it might actually be better than the one they currently have.

    Psh, stupid OS hipsters.
    "We liked Windows XP before it was cool!"
     
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    Yeah, I did because Windows 98 SE sucked! Besides MS asked me to BETA test XP in the early spring of 2001, it came completely out of left field by the way.

    I loved XP from the very beginning, even with all of it's quirks and foibles in the early stages prior to SP1. :cool:
     
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