Microsoft Delays Windows 7 Beta

Apparently, Microsoft decided to hold off on releasing the latest build of Windows 7. Instead, company employees in charge of beta deployment chose to play Gears of War 2 instead, and make consumers wait a bit more just for spite. Ok, not really.

According to Microsoft, the company decided to delay the release of Windows 7's beta due to overwhelming demand and the servers' inability to handle the heavy-duty traffic. Whether or not this tidbit of news is actually true or not consumers won't ever know. If Microsoft can release faulty Xbox 360 consoles unto its unsuspecting fan base fully aware of the problems consumers would face, it should be easy enough for the company to put on a government conspiracy cloak and blame the delay on high demand.

And while it's fun to poke fun at large corporations and their methods of deception, the fact is that Microsoft posted news of the delay on The Windows Blog and is sticking to the story. "Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I’ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!"

Excited is a relatively good term to use considering that a large portion of Windows Vista consumers are anxiously waiting to upgrade. But those seeking the beta now will have to wait indefinitely, for at the time of this writing, Microsoft offered no renewed release date. However, other reports released as early as this morning back up Microsoft's claims, saying that consumers wanting the new Windows 7 Beta began to flood the servers even though the release wouldn't go live until later this afternoon around 3pm EST (story).

But why are so many consumers -2.5 million in fact- eager to download the Windows 7 beta? Is Vista that awful? It seems rather ironic in a way, as the new OS is based on Vista architecture anyway, yet consumers are eager to flock to the new operating system as if Vista sent them screaming like a mob of  horrified villagers in a horror movie. Many critics believe that Windows 7 - after toying around with the beta - is nothing more than a service pack for Vista.

"I’ve been playing with the Windows 7 Build 7000 (Beta 1) for several days now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that, like Vista, it’s not a major improvement over what most users are currently experiencing with Windows XP, and is at best only a slight improvement over Vista SP1," said ZDNet's Jason Perlow back on January 1. "In a number of cases, I think they’ve gone even further down the user rejection hole."

I hope that's not the case and that Widows 7 will be the true successor to the widely-popular Windows XP operating system. Until then, consumers can download the beta and give the new installment a test drive whenever Microsoft bandages its wounded servers and reloads the massive 2.5GB beta.

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  • seboj
    That's funny, Perlow's the only one I've heard of so far who has a less-than-positive review on 7.
  • Darkk
    I've downloaded both versions of Windows 7 32bit and 64bit last night before folks overwhelmed the servers. I installed it on my VMWare machine to see what's so different about it. Right now as of Build 7000 not much except the taskbar is a little different.

    Pretty booting up screen tho.

    I think Microsoft should just drop Win7 and come out with a Service Pack 4 for WinXP to give us DirectX 10 support and others.

    Nothing wrong with keeping WinXP alive since it still works!!

    Just the GUI needs to be updated a little bit but the core OS should remain the same.
  • Tindytim
    Darkkas of Build 7000 not much except the taskbar is a little different.
    You don't know what you're talking about, so just shut up. The context menus are worth the download.
  • randomizer
    2.5GB? It was 3.5GB on the torrents as far as I can remember. Probably just a typo.

    EDIT: Hmm... it seems 3.15GB for the 64-bit version and 2.44GB for the 32-bit version.
  • HJB
    MSDN versions of build 7000 have 32-bit @ 2,497.48MB and 32-bit @ 3,230.10MB
  • zodiacfml
    there are a lot of positive user reviews on the torrents.
    probably, beta versions aren't that bloated yet compared to an official release which explains the speed of response they experience with the beta.
    yet, i hope i'm wrong.
  • bydesign
    By far the best beta release by M$. I still would love to know why they install stuff that it should know that I don't have. Example I loads of things such as tablet pc stuff installed. It may work better on old configs but I wouldn't install it on an old PC other than to see what it would do. Also Aero still takes a respectable GPU, why? Linux has desktop effects that are much more impressive and can run on just about anything. While improved in Windows 7 Aero still looks slow when compared with Macs and Linux and I running a 4870x2.

    Unlike the SP1 for Vista which didn't do very much at all this seem to be the performance fix that Vista users were looking for. It's leaner and slightly more responsive. The UI layout is improved but it's still more or less vista sp2 in my book. Also this should have been 64bit only as they originally planned. By releasing both versions they will keep the waters muddy. Software devs will continue to focus on x86 while the vast majority of desktops sold will come with the 64bit version installed.

    Features like User Access Control have been greatly improved and processes like indexing are less disruptive. Those alone will change your impression of the OS.

  • noahjwhite
    Yeah... they can be downloaded via torrent in about 2 hours. I'm seeding several versions myself.
  • i'm signed up in microsofts connect thing, but how do you get a key? I havent been "invited" to connect yet but i can't get a key O_O and i REALLY wanna beta test legally
  • The beta is now on the official page.