The first beta of Microsoft’s Windows 7, which is expected to be released sometime in mid-January next year, has appeared on a Bit Torrent website last week.
The version has been leaked into the wild, and is available as a 2.44GB download on Pirate Bay and several other Bit Torrent websites.
The leaked version is getting huge response from the web users, as one torrent from Pirate Bay alone has registered about 1,800 ‘seeders’, computers that have full copy of the torrent file, and around 8,500 ‘leechers’, computers that have only a portion of the torrent file.
As per the sources, the version will expire on July 1, 2009, and it is said to be the more stable than prior versions of the Windows 7.
However, this is not the first time that the version of Windows 7 has slipped out of the hands of Microsoft’s testing team, as just hours after the company unleashed the previous version at its Professional Developers Conference back in October, the alpha version became available on Bit Torrent websites.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief exec, is expected to elaborate the latest version of its Windows Explorer from user’s point of view during his speech at the upcoming Consumers Electronics.
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File sharers could well be perfect Guinea pigs that Microsoft has been looking for and it is likely that the "leak" of the beta version was a calculated one, given that this version is expiring on the first day of July 2009. Windows XP will be phased out completely by the end of May 2009, only a month earlier. All bets are opened as to when Windows 7 will appear in 2009.