Support groups for new Second Life users, including those in Linden Lab's Resident Help Network, are expected to run the gamut of reactions from chagrin to horror as the release was made with essentially no notice, immediately outdating almost all of the information that they provide to new users. User-run support groups presently provide the majority of new-user orientation material in Second Life.
"Today's upgrades make the 'first hour' in Second Life easier and more engaging," said Tom Hale, Linden Lab's Chief Product Officer, "Over the past year, we have delivered stability and scalability to the platform and completed a full redesign of SecondLife.com. Today, we're building on those achievements and making it easier for people to get started exploring and enjoying the wealth of content and experiences in Second Life, positioning the platform for more widespread consumer adoption."
Official support for the 1.22 viewer ends today. A new 2.1 viewer beta release cycle should commence shortly, which should see official release by the last day of June, marking the end of support for the 1.23 viewer.
You should be able to download the release version of the Second Life 2.0 viewer immediately, which is available for Windows, Intel Macs, and Linux.
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