Saturday Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said that the company is removing the Windows 7 beta limit for two weeks.
Last week Microsoft pulled the 2.6 GB beta off the download servers, as heavy traffic overwhelmed and eventually brought the servers crumbling down to their knees in a black, smoking heap. The company had no clue when the Windows 7 Beta would return for mass consumption, however it appears that the beta OS returned to download status sometime this past Saturday. So far, everything looks peachy: the company isn't complaining about smoking processors or burned network cables.
However, to appease the masses, Microsoft took pity on aggravated downloaders and decided to lift the overall 2.5 million limit. This means more consumers can download and check out the beta than previously allowed.
"Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience," LeBlanc said in his post. "We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th). During that time you will have access to the beta even if the download number exceeds the 2.5 million unit limit."
Microsoft seems quite excited about consumer enthusiasm towards Windows 7, however it should also throw up a red flag in regards to the overall feelings towards the current operating system, Windows Vista. Many editors test driving the new OS are giving it praises and offering burnt sacrifices, however others simply despise it, saying that Windows 7 is nothing more than a glorified version of Vista.
Still, consumers interested in checking out the beta should head here.