While the next iteration of the Windows client is yet to run as a Beta in test environments outside of Redmond, development milestones of the operating system are being tested on the machines featured in the adjacent images, courtesy of Jon DeVaan.
Microsoft has a consistent tradition of dogfooding its own products, but the computers in the two pictures are part of the Redmond company's testing infrastructure. According to DeVaan, Microsoft has managed to achieve a sufficiently high Daily Build Quality. In this context, DeVaan indicated that Windows 7 is by no means limited to the test automation infrastructure.
“For Windows 7 we have largely succeeded at keeping the build at a high level of quality every day. While we have occasional breaks as we integrate the work of all the developers, the automation allows us to find and repair any issues and issue a high quality build virtually every day. I have been using Windows 7 for my daily life since the start of the project with relatively few difficulties. (I know many folks are anxious to join me in using Windows 7 builds every day - hang in there!),” DeVaan added.