Beta Update and Improved Search…

 Incase you all haven't heard there will be an update to the Office 2007 Beta2 suite, it will be called B2TR == Beta2 Technical Refresh.  You can more information about it here:

It will be a patch install, see here:

For the millions that have installed the beta 2 bits please pay attention.

1. The upgrade path to RTM will be beta 2 --> beta 2 Technical Refresh --> RTM.  I know you have probably heard me say this but I thought I would write it down ( case I forget).  NOTE: beta 2 installs MUST upgrade to beta 2 TR.  Said another way, there won't be a supportable path directly from beta 2 to RTM.

2. Beta 2 TR will be released as a patch to beta 2.  Therefore, for those 2 or 3 folks that haven't installed beta 2 because you are waiting for beta 2 TR, well guess what, you'll need to install beta 2 anyway and then apply the beta 2 TR patch.

3. Upgrading to RTM will require an uninstall of beta 2 TR, and a registry key modification prior to installing the RTM bits.

From: SharePoint 2007: The Road from Beta 2 to RTM by Steve Caravajal's Ramblings.

I wanted to give you all an update and I also wanted to tell you all that search will be much improved in this next release and of course you can expect that Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Preview will be improve too.  We are even adding a new task pane to help you see the indexing status:

You can get to it from here:


Sorry about the image quality, the bugs of using Windows Live Writer (overall it rocks, just this minor image bug)

This should help with all of those people who were having problems with Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Preview which has gotten much better.

Comments (12)

  1. Patrick Schmid says:

    Looking forward to it!

  2. Can you spot the other change that you will see in B2TR?  I let it slip in this post.

  3. Patrick Schmid says:

    Daniel, yep 🙂 But then again, we had a discussion about that change several weeks ago in the private beta newsgroup 😉

  4. Wictor says:

    Great, a nice interface for the WDS 3.0, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  5. erik paul says:

    Can’t wait!  The search is one of the most important features for me, so I’m glad to see some updates on it.  Any idea on the release date?  I want to send out an email to my fellow tablet users telling them to update, but I just wanted to have a release date for them.

  6. erik paul says:

    By the way, is the new feature the integration of live writer?

  7. Patrick Schmid says:

    Erik, Microsoft won’t give you a release date until the actual day they release it. It’s a very closely guarded secret that they don’t tell anyone outside of Microsoft.

    No, the new feature is not the integration of live writer. ON integrates with Word 2007 for blogging. The entries in the taskpane screenshot that have word "live" in it refer to the ON feature of "live sharing session". Those entries are in B2 as well.

  8. scoobiesnacks says:

    I think the new feature is tags, possibly ? I wonder what’s changed or improved from noteflags?  Or is it just a new name for noteflags?

    You’ve closed the feature request I made for more than 100 noteflags in Onenote on MS Connect, is this a coincidence, or I wonder if we’re getting unlimited tags instead of noteflags?

    I also wonder what’s happened to Chris’s pageflags idea…

  9. S says:

    My spellchecker is totally broken. How can I do a completely fresh re-install?

    When I re-installed it did not have the begining notebooks.

  10. There will be a B2TR release which should fix a lot of your problems, I would recommend try it out once it becomes available.  Also you probalby still have those notebooks you just need to open them.  From OneNote choose File–>Open Notebook (or File–>Open–>Notebook) and then find the folder for that notebook and open that notebook.  They should still be there on disk.

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