January 12, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Now Available To All

On Saturday, Microsoft Corp launched downloads of the public test versions of its new version of Windows, after a one-day delay due to overwhelming demand.

The company had to halt downloads to add more servers, which delayed the highly anticipated launch of Windows 7 "beta" from the original launch date on Friday.

On Monday, a spokesman for the company said that they did not yet have a tally of how many copies of the program have been downloaded.

The initial limit on the public beta was at 2.5 million until January 24.  That limit has been eliminated to allow more people to get a copy.

The product manager at Microsoft, Laurence Painell, said that they removed the limit so that Windows 7 would be available to "a much wider audience."

"We would expect a beta to only be of interest to tech-enthused and those that have a vested business interest, to look at an operating system for testing purposes," Painell explained.

"We didn't quite anticipate the demand that we saw."

Painell also pointed out that this is a beta version of Windows 7, strictly meant for testing, meaning this software is likely to have problems that have not been ironed out and Microsoft offers not technical support for it.

Windows 7 will incorporate touch-screen technology and allow users to more easily personalize their settings.  Microsoft promised a more user-friendly operating system, with a new task bar that previews all open windows from a single application by hovering over the program's icon.


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