December 29, 2008
Windows 7 Beta Found On BitTorrent Sites
Microsoft's beta version of its next-generation operating system has been found on BitTorrent file sharing sites.
Windows 7 Ultimate has been in the hands of testers and some media for the last two months, but now the much-anticipated replacement for the Vista operating system has been leaked to several peer-to-peer sites in December.
Microsoft said the 'Build 7000' version of the new system is now all over file sharing network BitTorrent, making it available for anyone to download.
The underground site Pirate Bay is listing nearly 2000 'seeder' versions of a disk image of the 32-bit version of the system.
On BitTorrent sites, seeders are users who have a full copy of the file on their computers.
So far, nearly 10,000 'leechers' have downloaded part of the file.
The pirated build is the version that will be issued in January as Windows 7 Beta, according to Windows bloggers.
The new operating system is expected to be Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7.
"Windows 7 is much further along now than was any other Windows version when it reached its first beta release," said respected blogger Paul Thurrott.
"In fact, this build is much closer to a release candidate (RC) build than a beta from a quality standpoint. It is feature complete, it is reasonably stable, and it is highly compatible with the software and hardware I use on a regular basis."
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