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Topic: Process steps and timeline to General Availability?

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Could you share this with us, please?
Amongst others, when will you add Highlights and Map positioning and orientation?
Sorry -- we can't talk about timelines, but in rough order here's what's happening. 1) Fix any bad bugs in the preview immediately. 2) Start auto-approving new people when we feel our back-end is stable. 3) Improve WebSite and ship apps.
Well, I hope you have got something in store for us for Christmas ;-).
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
Ha! Joscelin! I think we're getting the Preview for Christmas. ツ

Remember that the full title in the new shooting guide is "Photosynth 2014 Technical Preview".

I don't think it will be anything like this long (hope not!) but the original Photosynth's 'Community Technology Preview' where we could download and install their first public viewer and view the handful of synths that their team had made released 2006 November 9 http://bit.ly/psbctparchive and the first release where we could upload our own photos happened 2008 August 20 http://bit.ly/psbrelease1archive - a difference of 650 days or 1 year, 9 months, 11 days http://bit.ly/psctpduration

The Silverlight viewer was first publicly announced to try out on a preview page 2008 December 12 http://bit.ly/psbslvbarchive and was finally released on 2009 April 21 http://bit.ly/psbslvrelease1archive - a difference of 130 days or 4 months, 9 days http://bit.ly/psslvbduration
Well, with having Photosynth on a consumer commodity devices like phones, I would think Photosynth has left its academic cradle. Google is moving with its photo spheres. 'Even if one is on the right track, one gets run over if one is just sitting there or moving slow.' It is commonly known that Microsoft is not lauded for its speed and swiftness, losing many opportunities. But with the new One Microsoft we can raise expectations and I take they have heard of short cycle incremental development. A release every 3 month. otherwise the fast pace in the consumer space is not understood still.
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
@Joscelin, I don't disagree that speed is of the essence...

I agree with you that updates need to happen much much more quickly than in the past (I thought about also listing the time differences between releases of new versions of Silverlight and updates to the Photosynth viewer or time differences between WP7.5 and the Photosynth WP7 app or WP8 and the Photosynth WP8 app which are equally if not more disheartening).

I guess I just thought that 15 days is not a realistic timeframe to ship a stack of new features.

@Photosynth Team, thanks for the roadmap, even if you can't specify timeframes. This is always helpful.
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