Beta 2 Technical Refresh is here

Yesterday Microsoft announced BETA2TR should be available sometime today.  I will post the link for the download as soon as they release it and I find it. 

MOSS AND OFFICE DOWNLOADShttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?pocId=4289AE77-4CBA-4A75-86F3-9FF96F68E491&freetext=2007officebeta2tr&displaylang=en 

WSS Download (thanks Bil)http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e1e51280-71f0-4d60-b2b9-3c49df916bc2&DisplayLang=en

But don't worry.  You have lots to read before you download it and start installing it.  Microsoft has chosen (and I think it is a great idea) to only release TR as a patch.  Now I am sure you are asking why?  Well, shipping and installing service packs and hot fixes is a big part of a products cycle.  And yet normally it goes untested until after RTM.  Meaning we all have to hold are breaths the first time we have to patch the product. Not this time!

Since this release will only be a patch that means you need to deploy it accordingly.  And since we are talking beta bits you can expect there to be some bugs, some work arounds, and a couple of known issues.  So my suggestion to you is to start reading up on this update now so when you do get those bits downloaded you can click as fast you can to deploy it.:)  I know you want to. 

Ok so lots of good reading on the issues is available on the SharePoint Team Blog in the post Installing Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR) – What you need to know before you double click update.exe.

If you want to start getting some information on what the press is saying about Beta2 TR take a look here.

Review: Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh PC Magazine

Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh Adds UI, Performance Improvements eWEEK

for Microsoft Office 2007 beta 2 (technical refresh) CNET

 

Now start reading and I will update where to get the bits as soon as I can.

 

Shane – SharePoint Help

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