Other things people do with beta versions of the operating system

Raymond Chen

Somewhat belatedly riffing on Larry and his discussion of time bombs in beta products, I’m reminded of one instance of a major PC manufacturer who apparently couldn’t wait for Windows 95 to RTM. Tired of waiting, they shipped several thousands of machines with a late beta version of Windows 95 instead. That worked out really great. For six months. And then all the computers expired.

Boy did they have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.


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