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January 8, 2009

Windows 7 Beta To Be Generally Available Tomorrow

Windows 7 beta will be available to the general public for ISO image download on Friday.  More here.  Most of the pre-release testing sounds positive compared to Vista.  Aside from quibbles about the interface, Windows 7 doesn't consume nearly as much power as Vista and can run comfortably on older machines.  That's the best positive that can come out of this, if true, in the wild. 

CNN's take on the announcement of availability is a little misinformed.  Is Microsoft giving up on Vista?  That's the headline from the main site, and similar sentiments are buried in the story.  Microsoft was pretty up front that they weren't going to wait much more than three years between Windows releases.  Somehow, the span from late 2007 to late 2009 or early 2010 seems to fit generally within that plan.  I wonder if Microsoft gave up on Windows 98 or Millennium when they came out with XP?

Note here that some individuals with access to the Beta are having problems with license keys.  Microsoft is working on it.  [MG]

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