CES 2009: Windows 7 Enters Beta
Update: the deadline for downloading Windows 7 beta has been extended:
New ISO dowloads not available after Feb. 10: But those who "already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so," according to the Windows 7 team. We're assuming that means those with registration keys can jump in and grab their file, but registration keys will stop being available after this day. All downloads stop after Feb. 12: Even if you've got a key handy, Microsoft will not be providing the ISOs for download. You'll have to look to BitTorrent or other file-swapping locations; from what we've seen, registration keys work on non-official "M1" betas.
Update: tomorrow is now today. Windows 7 is out in the wild (legitimately, this time). If any of you are using it, let us know your initial (and deeper) impressions.
Windows 7 download page: the message says "Want to try the Beta? Come back the afternoon of January 9".
Which time zone?! Who the %$#@ do they think they are, Apple? Anyway, here are the system requirements:
Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor Memory: 1 GB of system memory Hard drive: 16 GB of available disk space Video card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme) Drive: DVD-R/W drive Internet connection (to download the Beta and get updates)
Sam Diaz at ZDNet is not aboard the beta train:
- The beta of Windows 7 (or is it really just a great big Vista service pack?) will be available to the first 2.5 million people who download it on Jan. 9. I know it seems silly to ask but… is there a specific time on Jan. 9? Here in Silicon Valley, our clocks will be among the last in the world to reach the midnight hour.
- Windows 7 Beta will expire on Aug. 1, 2009. Huh? Expire? So everything just resorts back to the older crappy version of Windows?
- Be prepared to lose data.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the beginning of the end for Vista, and the end of the beginning for Windows 7. Microsoft's newest operating system will be available for limited beta testing tomorrow, formally replacing the much-reviled Vista within a year.
Microsoft will make the beta test version of its new Windows 7 operating system available to the public for download on Friday. The beta, which is available immediately to Microsoft's business partners, will be capped at 2.5 million downloads. The official launch is scheduled for 2010, although many industry analysts expect it will be sooner.
Aside from some partnership deals, Ballmer also announced two forthcoming Halo titles for Xbox 360, so Master Chief fans will be chuffed.