Distributing culture is hard.

Last week I met with some PMs that work on the east coast. They fly over to the west coast to visit the Microsoft mothership every couple months. Our meeting was one of many face to face meetings they try to squish into a single week before flying home.

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Release Candidate defined.

A week+ ago, I posted a blog entry noting that the WiX toolset was out of beta not in it. I also mentioned that we are now in the "release candidate" mode and provided a quick definition to differentiate it from "beta" mode. A few days later Steven Sinofsky posted a entire blog entry about Windows 7 entering the Release Candidate milestone. In typical Sinofsky-style, Steven posted a much longer definition of release candidate and placed it in context with the other typical milestones at Microsoft.

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WiX toolset bug count after February 5th, 2009.

We had another bug bounce this week in the WiX toolset but the bugs were more distributed this time (i.e. the bugs weren't all fallout from the IIS7 CustomAction changes). Unfortunately, we did not make as much progress as last week and ended up with one more bug total. That's definitely not the trend we want to be following but finding the bugs now is better than finding the bugs later.

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WiX v3.5 status or the lack thereof.

There was a comment on my WiX toolset bug count entry asking about the status of WiX v3.5 and more importantly the bootstrapper often referred to as Burn. The short answer is there is no status to report. Work on WiX v3.5 has not started in earnest because we are all focused on addressing the bugs in WiX v3.

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