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Microsoft Sending Windows 7 SP1 Beta Invites

Reports are indicating that Microsoft is now sending out invites to potential Windows 7 SP1 beta testers. The email--which began making its rounds on Tuesday--is informing the potential candidates that they are receiving the invitations "based on the quality of feedback you have provided on previous Windows programs." The select number of testers were picked by the Windows Customer Connection Team.

As Microsoft previously indicated, SP1 will not offer Windows 7-specific features, but rather serves as a culmination of updates released since the OS hit the market--a few additional hotfixes thrown into the mix. For Windows Server 2008 R2, the new service pack will provide RemoteFX, a 3D graphical experience for remote users, and Dynamic Memory, a feature that allows Windows Server Hyper-V to "dynamically allocate more or less memory to each VM as needed, provided a more scalable and better performing VDI environment."

Although SP1 isn't expected to "ship" until the end of the year, Microsoft said earlier this month that the public beta will go live by the end of July. However the technical beta testers--those now receiving the emails--are expected to receive their portions by the end of the month. An earlier build of SP1 was even leaked onto the Internet back in April, and is currently residing on file-sharing sites (build 7601.16556 and others).

While Microsoft is now sending out emails to beta testers, hackers will more than likely do the same. Windows 7 users will need to pay close attention to received SP1 emails and evaluate where they're from, where they go (in regards to links), and their overall appearance. While this is common sense, it's also common knowledge that hackers will go all out to fool users into handing over personal information.

  • sliem
    "hackers will go all out to fool users into handing over personal information."

    Please send your name, ssn, birthday and mailing address with optional credit card info (#, expire date and security code in the back) to imahackergonnastealyouridandmoney@hotmail.com) and you will receive Windows 7 SP1.
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  • Tohos
    sliem"hackers will go all out to fool users into handing over personal information."Please send your name, ssn, birthday and mailing address with optional credit card info (#, expire date and security code in the back) to imahackergonnastealyouridandmoney@hotmail.com) and you will receive Windows 7 SP1.
    This guy seems legit.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    Why the hell do they need to have a Beta SP1? Test it, then deliver the goods! Weird.
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  • applegetsmelaid
    Service packys help me get more in the sacky. Thanks Microsoft.
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  • JasonAkkerman
    mlopinto2k1Why the hell do they need to have a Beta SP1? Test it, then deliver the goods! Weird.
    Because like any patch, there is always the possibility that you break something in the process of trying to fix something else.

    The beta is just to let any new problems shake out before final release.
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  • tayb
    Anyone who has been updating their computer through Windows update is already using SP1. I'm not exactly sure why Microsoft is public testing an update that is nothing more than a culmination of security fixes that are already out to the general public anyways.
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  • zak_mckraken
    Oh, a Beta! How exciting! Hope I get picked!

    Not.
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  • frozenlead
    sliem"hackers will go all out to fool users into handing over personal information."Please send your name, ssn, birthday and mailing address with optional credit card info (#, expire date and security code in the back) to imahackergonnastealyouridandmoney@hotmail.com) and you will receive Windows 7 SP1.
    http://imagemacros.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/its_a_trap.jpg
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  • tolham
    "As Microsoft previously indicated, SP1 will not offer Windows 7-specific features, but rather serves as a culmination of updates released since the OS hit the market"

    what's there to beta test? this a re-release of stuff we're already using.
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  • dark_lord69
    I said it before and I'll say it again... I'll pass on BETA Service Packs. I'm yet to see a service pack that doesn't cause new issues I'll wait until the kinks are worked out.
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