Microsoft is making Windows 7 available as a public beta on an unlimited basis following a surge in demand that crashed the site after it first posted the code.Microsoft had originally planned to roll out the Windows 7 public beta on a limited basis; initially, it was to have become available to the first 2.5 million users for a period beginning last Friday and extending through Jan. 24.When the site went back up a day after the crash, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the Windows client communications team, addressed irate users in a blog, saying that the limit on the number of downloads had been removed.Now, anyone can access Windows beta 7 through Jan. 24, with no cap on the total number of downloads."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," LeBlanc wrote.As with previous betas, Microsoft is making Windows 7 available in download-only format -- it is not … [Read more...] about Microsoft Opens Floodgates for Windows 7 Beta
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Right now, Microsoft is focusing on the consumer market by getting Windows 7 out in time for the holiday season and announcing price points compatible with recession-era budgets.However, an even bigger constituency is the business community -- and after the debacle that was Vista, it is understandable to wonder how eagerly it will embrace Windows 7. There are indications that the business community is not waiting with open arms for Windows 7 -- despite the pent-up demand likely among firms that stayed put with XP.For example, 84 percent of IT staff polled in April by Kace said they did not have plans to upgrade existing Windows desktop and laptop systems to Windows 7 in the next year, despite early enthusiasm from beta testers.Many of the 1,100 respondents to the online poll cited Vista shortcomings as the leading reason for a wait-and-see approach toward Windows 7. In fact, 72 percent indicated they were more concerned about upgrading to Windows 7 than staying with an outdated XP … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Likely to Get Chilly Reception at Enterprise Door
The U.S. military’s budget is so incredibly massive, we never thought they would have any reason to use iffy copies of Windows operating systems. Yet, here we are.An unnamed U.S. soldier reportedly told TorrentFreak that an education center located in the Camp As Sayliyah military base, where he’s stationed in Qatar, houses 18 PCs, all of which are running unlicensed copies of Windows 7. This comes after the Obama administration settled a military software piracy case last month for the hefty sum of $50 million.“All of the computers in this computer lab show that the operating system is not a genuine copy,” said the soldier. “I am not anti-government in any way, but I have been in the Army a long time, and I feel the Army should be kept honest and accountable for what they do, especially when it is so public and a hot button issue in these times.”Photos purportedly provided by the soldier show that the machines provide users with pop up notifications … [Read more...] about US military reportedly uses unlicensed copies of Windows 7
While Microsoft may be looking to the future, it seems that many PC users are still firmly entrenched in the past, as the most widely used version of the OS is still Windows 7. Despite being more than five years old, the software is still more popular than its successors Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and its direct predecessor Windows XP, according to data from NetMarketShare.In fact, Windows 7 is so popular that it accounts for 55.99% of all desktop operating systems — more than Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined. For years, Windows XP was the go-to choice for offices and schools, but that position has now been usurped by Windows 7.It’s clear that a large proportion of Windows users are happier staying with the environment that they know, rather than updating to the latest version of the OS to enjoy the new features that come along with it. That can make it difficult for Microsoft to support its entire user base, given that they’re spread across … [Read more...] about Windows 7 has replaced XP as the most popular version of the OS
Microsoft has backtracked on a lot of statements and policies this year, many of them concerning the Xbox One. Now, after initially announcing that it will cease to permit the sale of Windows 7 via both retail software sales and the sales of Windows 7-loaded PCs starting October 30, Microsoft reversed course. While they’re sticking to the halt on retail Windows 7 sales, they are still allowing PC manufacturers to build and ship systems with Windows 7 preinstalled. Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet now indicates that the end date of Windows 7 sales on new PCs is “To be determined.”Here’s what a Microsoft statement had to say on the matter.“We have yet to determine the end of sales date for PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled. The October 30 date that posted to the Windows Lifecycle page globally last week was done so in error. We have since updated the website to note the correct information [and] we apologize for any confusion this may … [Read more...] about Microsoft decides to allow the continued sale of Windows 7 PCs after all
Microsoft gave developers their first hands-on experience with the upcoming Windows 7 operating system (OS) Tuesday.Set for release in 2010, the version of Windows 7 shown at the company's Professional Developers Conference refines certain aspects of the company's Windows Vista OS and is designed to improve on performance."The best way to think of Windows 7 is to look at it as an improved version of Windows Vista. It starts with a Windows Vista foundation, but what it does from there is add some extra functionality. There are some good usability features they have added that, no matter how you cut it, are good stuff. In that respect it's a step forward for customers and should help improve adoption," said Al Gillen, an IDC analyst, told TechNewsWorld.Microsoft's pre-beta preview included a look at several key changes to some familiar Windows features emphasizing functionality and efficiency.The software maker has revamped the Task Bar, Jump Menus and the System Tray. In the new OS, the … [Read more...] about With Windows 7, Can Microsoft Lift the Vista Hex?
In a recent survey of its customers running Microsoft's Windows operating systems,Devil Mountain Software found that roughly one-third of enterprises that purchased a New PC with Windows Vista pre-installed downgraded to Windows XP.Major businesses have not deployed Microsoft's latest OS due to compatibility issues and its reputation as a resource hog, according to Craig Barth, chief technology officer at Devil Mountain."We have a lot of large firms, and our customers are international in scope. What we're seeing is a trend that organizations are either bypassing Vista, delaying adoption, or debating whether to stick with Windows XP. We're seeing resistance to Vista in the bread-and-butter enterprise datacenter-controlled-and-managed environment of corporate America and the world," Barth told TechNewsWorld."Our largest customer, in the financial industry, is totally skipping Vista and waiting for Windows 7. They just don't want to deal with the compatibility and other headaches," he … [Read more...] about Will Vista’s Dark Clouds Mar the Windows 7 Horizon?
Is it damning with faint praise to say that Windows 7 is definitely not Windows Vista? Probably. After the misfire that was Microsoft's previous operating system, those words alone may be enough to push consumers off the computer-buying fence -- when you couple them with the bargain-basement deals that await PC shoppers over the next few weeks.However, it just so happens that after seeing demonstrations from Microsoft officials and getting a couple of days alone to play with the software, I've decided that Windows 7 is a better operating system than Vista or, for that matter, Windows XP. It's free of goofy widgets and show-offy features, stripped of some of the more annoying endless security warnings and dialog boxes that popped up on your desktop like weeds following a good spring rain. I couldn't test every single device and application in the tech universe with the 2006-era Dell D620 laptop chosen for this review, but it did pass compatibility tests with a printer, another Windows … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Windows 7 Gets Rid of the Gimmicks
Windows 7 is on my wish list.I wish Microsoft didn't raise theequipment ante required to run its new operating system. I wishMicrosoft built in an easy upgrade path from Windows XP. I wishMicrosoft provided Windows 7 with some kind of Wow Factor that gave me acompelling reason to change my computing strategy.Instead, all I got in my experience with Microsoft's latest OS release is ayawn.OK, Microsoft seems to have gotten it right this timearound. I expected as much. With nearly a full year of intense userfeedback through seemingly countless beta and RC releases, the Microsoft Windows 7development team prevented the massive market embarrassment that would haveresulted from a Vista II debacle.Still, the lack of a single killer app built into Windows 7 or amust-have new feature left me unconvinced about migrating to the newOS.My first hands-on experience with Windows 7 came in February. Backthen, I was an avid Windows XP user. Much like mom and pop shops -- andeven larger company … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Windows 7 Is a Snooze
More details about Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system emerged Wednesday.The OS will have a shorter boot time; offer greater reliability; more efficient memory usage and improved battery life for laptops, according to Microsoft's Jon DeVaan, Steven Sinofsky and Mike Anguilo, who spoke at the Windows Hardware Engineering conference.Perhaps most significantly, Sinofsky and Anguilo demoed Windows 7 running on a miniature notebook, or netbook, with a 16 GB solid-state drive and 1 GB of random access memory running an Intel Atom dual-core 1.6 GHz processor [*correction].Today's netbooks often run Windows XP, as the newer Vista OS would generally put too much strain on the system."It's running full Windows. So you don't have to go down-level, you don't need anything stripped down. This a full Windows experience on this PC," explained Anguilo, general manager of the Windows Planning and PC Ecosystem Team.Minimizing the footprint of Windows 7 would be a significant step for … [Read more...] about Can Microsoft Really Shoehorn Windows 7 Into Netbooks?