Ok someone gave me a beta release of microsoft longhorn which I haven't got to work yet now this disk tells me to go to a site called click here to ge support for this release so I contact these people and I'm told that they know nothing about nothing to say the least they are completely unhelpful in this regard. My questions are is a beta release sent out for testing purposes only, who gets these releases, why have I been given one and am I breaking the law by having it in the first place even though it dosen't bloody work ???????????
longhorn is the working title of microsofts xp replacement.its not due for quite some time yet and wont even be at the beta stage of testing yet.
i dont know what you have been given but i would not let it anywhere my system.
a beta program is an almost finished product,it may contain a few bugs here and there.some betas you can download for free, some are tested by selected groups the idea being that any bugs you find,you report this to the maker and they sort it out before the final release.
Longhorn is a future version of Microsoft Windows and a Beta version (Pre-release) would only be given to selected customers who are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement by which they commit to keep secret all they learn about the pre-release software and commit to a predefined testing and reporting programme.
Unless you have been directly and formally contacted by Microsoft for such purpose and agreed to the terms and conditions of the Beta test you would never be given a smell of the software.
thanks all so really i shouldn't have this should i ? I think it maybe a leaked copy going buy what I have read on the subject so far I already knew what longhorn was and I was interested to see what it was like and I know for a fact through further investigation that there are a number of leaked beta copies floating around various erm naughty sites. Do you think I should report the person in question?