1. Windows 7 Beta – why?

Beta is a label synonymous with a critical milestone in the development of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems, as it marks the company moving away from dogfooding and testing internally early Alpha Builds towards the point where the product meets the necessary quality standard to be made available as a preview release to the general public. Microsoft is essentially inviting the public to lend a helping hand in building the next iteration of the Windows platform, by testing the operating system and providing feedback, which permits the company to soften all the rough edges of the software before RTM.

“We need a bit of information so we can gather your feedback and in case we need to send information about the Beta. We will also collect automated reporting feedback from PCs running the Beta to help collectively analyze issues and file bug reports where appropriate,” Microsoft informed.
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Microsoft went live with the public release of Windows 7 Beta on January 9, 2009, just to discontinue downloads by the end of the very same day, citing server overload due to the high volume of traffic and the need to beef up its infrastructure. However, fact is that, while all the official sources of Windows 7 Beta have stopped offering the operating system, the bits continue to be available via direct download links. In this context, Windows 7 Beta is available for download right here on Pctipsbox, both the 32-bit version 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD, and the 64-bit flavor 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.

Initially, the company planned to deliver Win 7 Beta to up to 2.5 million users starting January 9. Windows 7 Server (Windows Server 2008 R2) was indeed released to the general public ahead of the weekend, with the public Beta program of the server edition of Win 7 offering a smooth experience. Not the same could be said about Windows 7 client Beta, with Microsoft.com servers incapable of dealing with the huge traffic numbers, a scenario which prompted the Redmond company to announce that the availability of the public Beta was postponed. More »