Microsoft Release Windows 7 SP1 Beta

Microsoft has announced the release of the beta version of its Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1), technology news website Digital Trends reports.

The public beta release was announced yesterday by Tami Reller, Microsoft's vice president of Windows and Windows Live, while addressing the company's annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Redmond, Washington.

The new beta version can be downloaded from Microsoft’s TechNet Evaluation Centre webpage.

Microsoft has warned that beta versions can be susceptible to bugs and has advised caution when installing, stating that the company does not support its installation and that users install it at their own risk.

Writing on the Windows Team blog, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc wrote: “For Windows 7, SP1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners."