Windows 7 Beta may Arrive this December

According to ZDNet, anonymous sources close to Microsoft have claimed that Beta 1 of Windows 7 should be out sometime in mid to late December. Also, it seems likely because of a December release, those who attend Microsoft’s tech conferences in the coming months (Professional Developers Conference in October and Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in November), might not get that early look at the beta they were hoping for. While the beta seems to be several months off, a small and select group of users have been privy to the two Milestone builds of Windows 7, with a third build supposedly on the way.

If we do see a beta in December, it would make the supposed late-2009 release of Windows 7 look much more realistic, given that the new "major release" OS would have about 12 months as an official beta. However, it would not be a total surprise if he release got pushed to early 2010. A wide release beta will likely happen whenever the expected features of Windows 7 are complete. This will more than likely include Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Center, a possible "superbar" and updates to old favorites like WordPad, Paint, and the taskbar.

One of the more skeptical features of the new OS is the goal of a 15-second boot time. With current mainstream technology, and even looking forward to the next one or two hardware development cycles, this seems unlikely. However, if something like Intel’s Turbo Memory were to become more popular, we could see more software take advantage of having anywhere from 1GB of flash or more to play with. With Turbo Memory available in a myriad of laptops (but not nearly as many desktops), it wouldn’t be a total shock to see Microsoft take full advantage of this extra memory in the future.

As far as betas go, Windows 7 shouldn’t be any different from previous endeavors. According to Windows Customer Engineering program manager Christina Storm, "we will also be collecting feedback from this (Windows Feedback) panel and asking for participation from a set of Windows 7 beta users. Our current plans call for signing up for the beta to happen in the standard Microsoft manner on" So for those of you who want the earliest glimpse of Windows 7 possible, keep hitting F5 on the Microsoft Connect site.

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  • mi1ez
    I was hoping to get it through technet, but apparently I need to pay $350 a year for that now!

    If you think I'm PAYING to beta test, you're dangerously mistaken MS...
  • impy1980
    As long as they've striped it down, if not re-written the code from the ground up (but I can't really see that will have happened) I'll be reasonably relieved.

    Windows code has become too cluttered, namely Vista and XP to a certain extent, I'm avoiding Vista and shall avoid any future Windows until it becomes a much cleaner code build. Vista is a heavily evolved XP, in turn XP was evolved from Windows 2000 which was an upgrade from Windows NT, which traces its roots from Windows 95 which came about because of Windows NT 3.5.

    Any Microsoft representitive that tells you different is obviously trying to pull the wool of ones eyes. The reality is the core code has changed little since 1994/5 and code has been added/modified with each release, now we have memory hungry Vista that can be a real pig when it wants to be.

    Is there any wonder why companies such as Dell and HP are offering Linux alternatives now, business and consumers are losing patience with Microsoft and are demanding that an alternative, never mind about those who have installed Linux themselves.

    I've been using Linux for a few weeks now and although I'm still learning program installation requires a bit more user import and sometimes web media doesn't always play as readily as it might on Windows. I really like using Linux (Ubuntu Distrobution), it loads so much faster, programs run much faster and once a few things become more Linux friendly or supported, such as Flash/Shockware and Windows Media Files/Streams then it would be fantastic.

    I'm on the verge of using Linux solely now, the only time I use Windows now is for games and a few applications I use on the odd ocassion that are unavailable on Linux.