Microsoft Removes Download Limit For Windows 7 Beta

Admitting to issues experienced by users in downloading Windows 7 beta, Microsoft has announced that it has temporarily suspended the initial 2.5 million download limit for a few upcoming weeks.

Owing to overwhelming surge in demand, the download experience of the software wasn’t up to the mark, and hence, essential steps have been taken to rectify the situation so as to ensure much smoother and better downloading experience to its users, the company notified in its blog post.

“We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th)”, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc wrote in his blog entry.

The company asserted that during the aforementioned period users would have access to the software download, even if the download count exceeds the preset limit of 2.5 million modules.

Though the public beta of the software was supposed to be released on last Friday, the company delayed the release by a day due to great surge in its demand.

The software giant further avowed that it is planning for a large number of testers for its beta version of the software, which was announced on Wednesday during a keynote speech by Steve Ballmer at CES.

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Our Comments

Microsoft did the right thing after the download debacle of last weekend. Removing the limit means that people won't need to flock to Bit Torrent and other websites to get their hands on Windows 7 Beta. Microsoft's next operating system certainly won't beat Firefox's Browser download record (8 million downloads in 24 hours) but it certainly did thrash it when it came to the amount of data transferred (at least 1 Petabyte in a day).

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