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Microsoft sets deadline for its Windows 7 Beta

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January 28, 2009

Late yesterday, Microsoft said that it has received more Windows version 7 Beta feedback and software testers than it can handle, and plans to even stop offering downloads of the operating system beginning the second week of February.

Brandon LeBlanc, a communications manager on the MS Windows Client Communications Team said testers who've already begun downloading the Windows 7 beta before Feb. 10 will have until Feb. 12 to actually complete it.

So far, it can be said that Microsoft has had a rather strong and largely positive response to its new Windows 7 beta release, something that LeBlanc and other Microsoft representatives haven't been shy about mentioning... (!)

However, some IT and solution providers said the groundswell of interest in Windows 7 is the result of users looking to wash away their bad Vista memories...

Steve Bohman, v.p. of operations at Columbus Micro, said the user interface improvements in the Windows 7 beta will help remove one of his customers' most common Vista-related headaches.

Bohman said "the biggest complaint our customers had about Windows Vista was that nothing in the user interface was where they expected it to be. Microsoft shouldn't have moved things around just for the sake of change."

Originally, Microsoft planned to offer the Windows Seven beta to the public from Jan. 9 to Jan. 24, and to limit the trial to 2.5 million downloads. However, the software giant removed these limits due to the overwhelming response from the Windows 7 beta testers.

The software behemoth will also continue to offer product keys for users who've completed the Windows 7 beta after Feb. 12.

MS' TechNet and MSDN subscribers will also be able to download the Windows 7 beta until the expiration of the testing period on Aug. 1, 2009 when it is scheduled to become a full production release slated to be delivered around Sep. 1, 2009.

Clearly, usability is an area that Microsoft has focused on in the Windows 7 beta, but improvements can also be seen in a slight system performance and a small boost in overall speed of execution, according to Patrick DeRosier of CPU Guys.

Source: Microsoft.

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