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Microsoft Kills Windows 7 Beta
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 13:05

The software maker ends trial availability of its next operating system.

By Paul McDougall
InformationWeek
February 10, 2009 03:01 PM

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) on Tuesday officially ended the download program for the trial version of the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system.

"Special thanks to everyone who is beta testing Windows 7," wrote Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft's in-house Windows blogger, in a post Monday that warned of the shutoff.

There are a couple of loopholes, however. Users who started to download the OS before that date will have until Feb. 12 to complete the process. Also, Microsoft will continue to distribute product keys beyond Feb. 12 to users who have previously downloaded Windows 7 Beta but have yet to obtain a key.

Perhaps because of Vista's unpopularity, computer users have been downloading Windows 7 Beta in droves. Microsoft dropped limits on the number of available copies of the software after a crush of download requests for the new operating system brought the company's servers to a halt during the first weekend of availability earlier this month

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