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Brandon LeBlanc over at the Windows Blog has announced that February 10th will be the cut off day for Windows 7 BETA downloads.
The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:
Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn't finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.
Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn't get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.
If you have not already downloaded it, you still have some time, but make sure you get it before that day.
If you're currently trialing the latest public BETA of Windows 7 and want some good anti-virus support specifically suited to it, Kaspersky have just released a new anti-virus suite for it which although is described as a "Technical Prototype", is promised to be a reliable fully functional piece of software which is built on a completely new anti-viral engine.
Kaspersky Lab's technical preview is a comprehensive solution, including not only an antivirus pattern-recognition component but also a heuristic analyzer which can detect and block as-yet-unknown malicious programs based on their suspicious characteristics, a firewall and an anti-spam filter. The prototype is intended to provide effective protection from all types of Internet threats - viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, hacker attacks and spam.
If you've a habit of of using Windows hotkeys to easily navigate your way around and are currently giving the new public BETA of Windows 7 a go, you may find this hotkey cheat sheet very handy as it is specific to W7 and lists only the unique hotkeys (shortcuts) and their uses for the OS.
There is nothing like going to the hospital and being given the wrong medication or none at all when you need it. That is exactly what has happened at some Veterans Administration Health Centers.
The incorrect treatments were all down to a computer glitch that showed erroneous information in patient's electronic medical records. Now this problem is bad enough but it seems that the VA tried to sweep this problem under the rug.
The problem goes as far back as August of 2007 and has prompted Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, to investigate what he calls a "dangerous lack of accountability"
Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald
"VA continues to discover problems and attempts to fix them quietly and internally, and then downplays them as inconsequential and nonthreatening," said Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. "No one expects new software to operate perfectly, but confidence must be inherent in any electronic medical records system."
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that patients at VA health centers were given incorrect doses of drugs, had needed treatments delayed and may have been exposed to other medical errors due to the glitches that showed faulty displays of their electronic health records.
The folks at WinSuperSite have discovered an Aero based feature of Windows 7 called Aero Shake which many of you Windows 7 beta users out there may not know about as it hasn't yet been talked about in the open by Microsoft, nor does it appear in the official Win7 beta reviewers guide.
The feature is called Aero Shake and it allows you to quickly minimize all other open windows in the background of your primary focused window (when not maximized) by simply clicking and holding onto the grabbable area of the window and shaking your hand left and right quickly. When you repeat the process, the other windows resort back to their original open position.
To better understand how it works, WinSuperSite has uploaded a short video of it that you can stream here. If you think the feature would be useful to you but don't want to move over to Windows 7 just yet, you'll be glad to know a free utility is is available which adds Aero Shake to Vista as well as XP.
It had to happen sooner or later. Someone has had...*gasp* a BSOD in the new Windows 7 Beta!
The unfortunate people to receive this life changing screen were the gang over at Gizmodo. They seem to feel that MS should revamp the BSOD and make it a little more informative.
However the issue they show in the screen is easily found; a quick search on Google and a load of information pops up everything from Logitech Keyboard issues to ATi drivers.
A funny thing though, it looks like they had at least an iPod plugged in perhaps it is not 7 to blame but iTunes...;)
Read more at Gizmodo.
It's good to see that Microsoft hasn't bothered to change the old Windows blue screen; and by good, we mean bad. Isn't it about time to fail a little bit more gracefully? Or at the very least, in a way that actually makes sense to end-users? The error throws up the driver that caused it (way at the bottom of the error) before automatically rebooting, but actually identifying it via which type of component it is-sound, video, USB, hard drive-would be useful for people who just want to know what they did to cause it.
With the new Windows 7 Public Beta now being freely distributed to millions of people until Jan 24 when they pull the plug, Ars Technica has provided a full insight which talks about its features, progress and overall characteristics which should help many of you determine whether or not you'd like to grab a copy yourselves and give it a whirl.
The full review can be located here.
Last week's CES saw the announcement of the much anticipated public beta of Windows 7, with 2.5 million license keys promised to beta testers on Friday. Friday arrived, and as is now well-known, Microsoft's servers melted under the load. The key generation is now more or less working, and the 2.5 million limit has been scrapped, so it's time to take a look at what's on offer.
The first public sightings of Windows 7 were at Microsoft's PDC developer conference in October last year. The lead-up to PDC was unusually secretive, with Redmond giving little away about what Windows 7 would actually contain when it shipped, in contrast to the extremely public lead-up to Windows Vista's release. The covers came off at PDC, with the star of the show being Windows 7's new taskbar. Unfortunately, the build that was given out to PDC attendees lacked the new taskbar, so the one feature we all wanted to play with wasn't actually available. The public beta, build number 7000, finally gives us the new shiny taskbar. If all goes well, this will be the only beta Windows 7 gets; a Release Candidate should land some time around April, going RTM in July, and hitting retail two to three months later.
Despite Microsoft originally stating they'd only be handing out 2.5 million product keys for a copy of the latest Windows 7 beta, due to some file hosting woes under the immense load when the beta became available and the frustration/delays to go with it, Microsoft has decided to lift the 2.5mill limit and allow it as a free-for-all until January 24.
Thanks to CNET for the heads up.
Many of you will have missed out on downloading a copy of the new Windows 7 Beta that was set for public release today; this due to Microsoft's download servers being overloaded to the point where they've had to pull it while they sort out some more/better servers.
But for those of you fortunate enough to have registered/nabbed a copy before the servers went down would have received free product keys for unrestricted installs. However, there was said to be 2.5 million keys lined up for distribution to downloaders and lifehacker reports that you may still be able to score one. It's certainly worth a shot.
Looks like the demand for Windows 7 has caused the download servers to become overloaded; at least according to a blog entry at the windowsteamblog.
This has forced Microsoft to delay the full release of Windows 7 while they put additional servers in place to handle the load.
Read the blog entry here.