Here goes definition of Windows 7 from my perspective –
Windows 95 > Windows 98 > Windows ME > Windows 2000 > Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7
So finally they found the right naming convention for Windows versions!
Microsoft is providing completely legal download for Windows 7 beta version for testing. Why so? Again, my perspective says that because Microsoft found itself unable to stop illegal distribution of Windows beta torrents (yes you can get one it easily if you know what torrents are). So finally, we are moving towards open neutralized world, thanks to Microsoft for taking this latest surprising step in that direction.
Here is the download like from Microsoft – Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview which is currently displaying the following message –
Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal — we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.
Remember that you have to register on the website to download the beta version so that you can receive registration key for Windows 7 beta. If you don’t register your Beta version, it will run only for one month otherwise registration key dopes it to run till August 2009.
Everything fine, but I am not going to run this beta release despite being a fervid software lover and the reason is that I am still a student to Windows Vista no matter I started running Vista earlier than millions others. Still some of my roomies like to work on Windows XP just because they find Vista difficult to grasp and I agree with them up to some extent as it takes long process for understanding and getting used to many useful features provided by Microsoft in Vista (or an OS in general). In that’s way, it doesn’t make sense to directly hop over to next version of Windows which doesn’t include much but the reformed user interface. So I would prefer to wait for, may be Windows 7 RC1.
Till then, happy testing for all the Windows 7 beta testers!