Read more about Windows 7 touch features on MSDN blog.
After unsuccessfully hammering Microsoft servers to download Windows 7 beta, Windows 7 enthusiasts can finally rejoice. Windows 7 beta is finally available and Microsoft also removed the 2.5 million download limit. Now any number of users can download the Windows 7 beta through January 24th.
Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience. We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th). During that time you will have access to the beta even if the download number exceeds the 2.5 million unit limit.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to beta test. It has been great to see the positive early reviews and feedback. As you know, this is a beta product. We are working hard to get Windows 7 ready and right. Your input is a critical part of that process. Thank you!
Microsoft, from Friday (9/Jan/2009), is going to offer download of Windows 7 Beta. Yes, you read that right. The download will be official & legal from Microsoft. Microsoft announced it on Windows Blog. The download is available only for a limited time & is available only for first 2.5 million downloads.
The beta will be available for both x86 & x64 (32 bit & 64 bit) architectures in an ISO file which you’ll need to burn on a DVD. The download is available in five languages- English, German, Hindi, Japanese & Arabic. From these Hindi language ISO will only be available in x86 architecture. The Windows 7 Beta trial will expire on August 2009, which is a very long duration.
The beta can be downloaded from Windows 7 page from Microsoft’s website on 9/Jan/2009, Pacific Time.
On January 9th, the Windows 7 Beta will be available for Windows enthusiasts to download via the Windows 7 page on Windows.com. The Windows 7 Beta is going to be available download-only (we’re not sending out physical media) and available for a limited time to the first 2.5 million people who download the beta.
The Windows 7 Beta will be available in English, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi, and each language will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (except Hindi which will only be available in 32-bit). Because the Windows 7 Beta will be offered download-only, it will be provided to you as an ISO image (an .iso file) that you download. After downloading either the 32-bit or 64-bit ISO image of the Windows 7 Beta, you will be required to burn the ISO image to a DVD to install Windows 7. So you want to be sure you have a DVD burner before spending the time downloading the ISO image.