Windows 7 will officially make its Beta debut tomorrow. Although the new Beta has been available online from many download sites MS will push it out the door to the rest of the world in its CPP (Consumer Preview Program) One thing that has been noted with the leaked version is a lack of a 64 bit version of this new Beta (Build 7000). The Official MS download will have both X86 and x64 versions.
Microsoft has been quietly pushing Windows 7 as the next big thing. While many online sites seem to have shifted from hating Vista to loving Windows 7 despite their being built on almost the exact same code base.
I have played with the new Beta and while it offers a few new items there are many issues and is far from ready. So tomorrow head over and grab a copy but once you have it make sure you let MS know what you like and dislike (instead of just complaining on the web) so MS can make the needed changes to mold Windows 7 into a better product.
Windows Seven Developers Blog here.
Tonight we are specifically announcing that Windows 7 has reached a very important milestone in its development cycle: the beta milestone. And starting this week, the Windows 7 Beta will be made available to Windows enthusiasts interested in beta testing - giving people a chance to check out Windows 7 for themselves.
As of tonight, MSDN and TechNet Subscribers will have access to the Windows 7 Beta. Starting January 9th - everyone else will be able to go to the Windows 7 page on Windows.com and download the Windows 7 Beta. The Windows 7 Beta will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. The Windows 7 Beta will be download-only - we will not be sending physical media out.