When we released Beta 1, we promised the release would be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers early this year. Well, that time has come. Beta 1 is now being distributed via CD shipping to TechNet subscribers; MSDN subscribers will be able to download the CTP in March. 

 

This CTP includes both the full 64-bit version, and the 32-bit version for feature evaluation, training, and demonstrations.

 

We chose to release this early build to only the TechNet and MSDN community (of 200,000) due to their long standing relationship with Microsoft and their commitment to providing valuable product feedback. We intend to make Beta 2 publicly available. 

 

We are targeting mid-2006 for Beta 2, and remain on track to finish in the end of 2006 or early 2007. As always final timing will be driven by quality.

 

Thank you for all of your feedback and support to date. We look forward to that much more with this CTP release.

 

- Terry Myerson