The word has come down from on high: Memphis, the code-name for the next version of Windows, will ship to retailers in time for this Christmas. Microsoft sent a letter to thousands of its Solution Providers this week detailing the release schedule for Memphis. Here are the important points:
- Memphis beta 2 will be released to manufacturing on July 23 and be given to 10,000 beta testers within two weeks.
- Release Candidate 1 will ship to a small group of testers no later than August 29. If necessary, several release candidate builds can follow.
- The golden masters of the final release will be sent to manufacturing around October 15th.
- Initial shipments of Memphis will reach retailers no later than November 1st.
Finally, the letter details the final release date of IE 4: August 30, 1997 with widespread availability in September