Microsoft is planning to hold a two day Windows Developer Preview install fair event this weekend.
The event will take place on October 8 and October 9 and will allow developers to provide feedback directly to Microsoft’s Windows 8 engineers. Microsoft appears to be soliciting feedback on the setup and install process for Windows 8. Developers have been invited to participate in the program as part of Microsoft’s Connect beta site. A number of users at the Beta Archive forum posted details on the Install Fair event. Part of the email states:
“Help the Windows team prepare for beta by signing up for the Windows Developer Preview Install Fair. Sign-up to be a part of our virtual install fair. We’d really appreciate your help and for two days only – Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th – Microsoft will have engineers available to chat with you live about your installation experience. From determining if your PC can run the Windows Developer Preview and downloading all the way through your installation, engineers will be available to answer your questions and troubleshoot any errors you may encounter.”
Microsoft also promises that participants can simply provide feedback about what they love and hate during the Windows 8 install:
“On the day of the event, log-on to our website from the computer on which you intend to install the Windows Developer Preview and follow our instructions. During the process Windows engineers will be available to chat with you in real-time and answer your questions. Or should you encounter any issues, we will be available to debug and troubleshoot. Or if you simply want to provide us feedback about what you like and dislike during the installation, we’re here for that as well.”
Microsoft is understood to be preparing its first Windows 8 beta copy. Windows chief Steven Sinofsky revealed at BUILD that the company is planning just one beta copy and one release candidate before the RTM and general availability of Windows 8. The schedule is identical to Microsoft’s Windows 7 development plan. Microsoft didn’t hint when the beta would be made available but Sinofsky said the team is focussed on quality rather than dates. Microsoft is generally expected to announce a beta at CES 2012, the same schedule as Windows 7 followed.
Microsoft is actively distributing updates to the Windows 8 developer build. The updates include standard defender updates and fixes for quality improvements. The updates are delivered via Windows Update and will continue to be distributed throughout the Windows 8 development cycle.