Microsoft Removes Windows 7 beta Download Cap

January 12th, 2009 at 12:00 am

 windows 7 screen shot

Last week’s announcement that Windows 7 will be available to the public for testing was one of the most exciting things at the CES.  Not only was the operating system available for testing, it’s available for free.  However, Microsoft did put a 2.5 million copy limit to the beta download.  Unsurprisingly, their servers were clogged up a couple of minutes from the announcement.  Now however, Microsoft is saying, "what the hell?" and removing the 2.5 million cap to the Windows 7 beta.  

You read it right.  Windows 7 beta is now free for all.  There is a catch however, the beta expires on August 1, 2009.  Which makes me think twice.

the mantra of Web 2.0 is the "perpetual beta."  This means that products are often released as bet, for free and the owner of the products constantly develop and update and improve the product.  This is true for Google, Firefox, Yahoo and mostly all the largest and smallest web companies.  So why can’t it be true for Microsoft.

I like the idea of Windows 7 beta being free for now, but of course like everyone else, I wish it would be free forever.  That’s how Google succeeded and so should Microsoft.  However this is Microsoft we are talking about, nothing is ever free.

Anyway, if you still want to try it out then go here to download the installer.  On a side note however, make sure youback up your files, when August 1 arrives, you’ll be reformatting again down to Vista.