Windows 7 beta 1 is about to be hit retailer shelves within a year. It’s already popping up as an ISO file on bit torrent sites
ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has a copy of the beta for testing. He has called the new version “solid and fast” but like the betas of other versions there are still some issues with it.
The new taskbar is easier to use except for it tries to do to much. It’s hard to figure out which apps are really running and which are just shortcuts pinned to the taskbar.
Last month Microsoft used the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles to demo the new version of Windows. Many though could not tell Vista apart from Windows 7.
Next week Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO is planning on talking up Windows 7 during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics.
The first beta will be distributed in early January to beta testers. That hasn’t stopped users of bit torrent from snagging a copy of the beta version. A few copies of the ‘alpha’ version made their way out in December. The latest version for the peer-sharing groups is ‘Build 7000.’ The 2.44GB-download has a listing of almost 2000 seeder versions on Pirate Bay. Close to 10,000 leechers have a part of the file downloaded.
The new version is getting praise from at least one blogger. Paul Thurrott wrote on his blog SuperSite for Windows:
“Windows 7 is much further along now than was any other Windows version when it reached its first beta release,” he writes.
“In fact, this build is much closer to a release candidate (RC) build than a beta from a quality standpoint. It is feature complete, it is reasonably stable, and it is highly compatible with the software and hardware I use on a regular basis.”