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Appeared on: Friday, June 01, 2012
AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta released, Company Moves Away From Monthly Driver Releases

AMD has released the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta, available for download here. With the release of the Catalyst 12.6 Beta driver, AMD also confirmed earlier reports that the company would move away from its Monthly Catalyst release plan and released drivers for the Windows 8 Release Preview.

"Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta," said David Doel, AMD marketing team. "We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month., You just won’t see a new driver every single month. We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense" he added.

AMD also introduced the AMD Issue Reporting Form. The company made a number of improvements to the older Catalyst Crew Feedback form, making it more comprehensive. AMD said that it would review every report posted and investigate every issue encountered.

AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta resolved issues: Feature highlights:

Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles

This release of AMD Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems

A new AMD Catalyst Application Profile is also now available:

Catalyst 12.6 Beta CAP1 – Download here

AMD also released a feature preview driver for the Windows 8 Release Preview. It can be downloaded here.

Featuring full support for the new WDDM 1.2 driver model, this new driver enables users to take full advantage of the model’s features as applications are updated to leverage them. These features include:

Known issues found in the AMD Catalyst feature preview for Windows 8 (these issues will be resolved in the AMD production release for Windows):



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