Microsoft said delays to its Windows NT 5.0 beta programme, revealed on Monday, were part of its effort to ensure the software had as many bugs removed in testing as possible.
A spokesperson said more than 10,000 organisations would be testing beta two of the workstation and server products when it becomes available later in the summer. This will be feature complete, including Microsoft's Active Directory.
Beta three - release date to be announced once testing of two is complete - will be tested in some 100,000 organisations worldwide.
Microsoft claimed these timescales were not damaging to users' migration plans as they gave them up to nine months to plan the rollout of the full version of NT 5.0 from the time they received the feature complete second beta.
'VNU Newswire' reported yesterday that the beta testing programme for NT 5.0 had been delayed again, probably rolling forward release of the final product into the second half of next year.
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