Last week, Microsoft notified Office testers officially of its plans for the next build, known as Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR). According to a note posted to the Office 2007 beta site:
"The B2TR (Beta 2 Technical Refresh) build will be releasing in the not too distant future and were starting to outline plans for that release. Over the next weeks well be providing more information about what TAP (Technology Adoption Program) members can expect in the way of deployment planning, Vista interoperability and support from our product development teams for B2TR deployments."
When asked for more specifics on Beta 2 TR timing, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the build would go live sometime soon "in the months to come."
Microsoft is expected by beta testers to release a new test build of Windows Vista – dubbed "Release Candidate 1" – by the end of August. Its not clear if the Office team is working to release the Beta 2 TR around the same time.
Officials declined to discuss new features or functionality that will be part of the pending Office test builds.
But Microsoft bloggers have been sharing bits of information about whats ahead for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 as they roll toward completion.
One blogger reminded testers who have installed SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 that they should treat the Beta 2 TR like a patch and expect to need install it.
"Beta 2 TR will be released as a patch to beta 2. Therefore, for those 2 or 3 folks that havent installed beta 2 because you are waiting for beta 2 TR, well guess what, youll need to install beta 2 anyway and then apply the beta 2 TR patch," blogged Microsoft employee Steve Caravajal.
In order to install the final SharePoint 2007 bits, users will need to uninstall Beta 2 TR and obtain a modified registry key, Caravajal added.