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The Windows Team just had to prove me wrong… On the positive side, you have until Feb. 10th to download the Windows 7 Beta

At 10:30 am today (Friday), I posted on my Blog that Tomorrow is the last day to get the Windows 7 Beta!. After all, I wanted to make sure that all of you remembered the date and what was announced earlier so you didn’t miss it. Sure enough, tonight at 8:35 PM, the Windows 7 Team posted on their Blog, “General availability for the Windows 7 Beta to end,” which includes an update stating that, “Because enthusiasm continues to be so high for the Windows 7 Beta and we don’t want anyone to miss out we will keep the Beta downloads open through February 10th.”

They just had to show me up, didn’t they? 🙂  Well, it is all goodness since this means that you all have additional time to access and download the Windows 7 Beta! Now, for those of you who haven’t done so already, this really does not mean you should just continue to put it off until “tomorrow.” For as I stated in my earlier post, you know what will happen… Tomorrow will turn into the next day, which will turn into the next day, until you ultimately end up missing the download deadline and then emailing me asking for a “one-time exception” which we won’t be able to grant. So let’s save both of us the hardship and get out there and download the Beta today! 🙂

By the way, here is the new timeline announced by the Windows Team tonight:

  • 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.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
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