What does CTP stand for? Is it some acronym that means that the VS Async is not officially released or it's still being worked on?

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  • Basically, I was looking into using the VS Async CTP, but it seems that there aren't a lot of samples and sources on it (aside from the Async 101 examples). Is the Async CTP still in some phase where it's not an official release?
    Thursday, November 25, 2010 3:44 PM

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  • Yes, it's a Community Technical Preview.  It's basically a pre-beta "release" for the community to give feedback.
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    Thursday, November 25, 2010 5:21 PM
  • More info from Phil Haack's blog: http://haacked.com/archive/2008/08/15/understanding-beta.aspx

    Many Microsoft projects move through the following public release cycle:
      CTP (Community Technological Preview) - A very early release intended for the more technologically advanced customers. Usually there are a lot of changes between a CTP and the final release.
      Beta - A release of software intended for any customers that want to play with the project before it's actually released. There are usually enough changes before the final release that code developed against a Beta will have to be ported to the final release, but it's generally stable enough to be useful.
      RC (Release Candidate) - A release that will hopefully be almost the same as the final release, intended for any customer (with the caveat that the RC usually needs to be uninstalled before installing the final release). Usually only minor changes happen after this point (e.g., Authenticode signing, version bump, minor last-minute bugs); sometimes the RC is actually identical to the final release.
      RTW (Release to Web) - The final release. The older term RTM (Release to Manufacturing) may also be used.


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