Microsoft has announced in its Windows Team Blog that it will be extending their beta testing window until the 10th of February 2009, more than two weeks after it was officially expected to end.
At that date, new downloads of Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available and people who will not have completed their downloads will get an additional 48 hours to do so and the same goes for those who have already downloaded Windows 7 but haven't received their keys yet.
The operating system will be valid until the 1st of August 2009 and Microsoft has also waved the initial limit of 2.5 million downloads that it set itself. In comparison, estimates put the number of beta testers for Vista Release Candidate 1 at six million.
An official blogger for Microsoft said that ""We are at a point where we have more than enough beta testers and feedback coming in to meet our engineering needs, so we are beginning to plan the end of general availability for Windows 7 Beta".
Windows 7 is expected to help Microsoft reconnect with some of its users which had been left wanting after a poor Vista experience. Early tests shows that the operating system will almost certainly be a better candidate in the long run than its predecessor.
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You should easily be able to find the 2.44GB download even after the cut-off date on bittorrent and you will still be able to grab the product key from MS. As a reminder, Windows 7 is expected to be available either by the end of this year or beginning of 2010, depending on the economic conditions.
Windows 7 Beta Download Deadline Extended