James O'Neill's Blog

January 8, 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 client Betas on Technet

Filed under: Beta Products,Windows Server 2008,Windows Vista — jamesone111 @ 3:33 am

I’m not exactly delighted to be be blogging at 3:13 in the morning, but I’m watching the keynote from CES. In the last 45 minutes we’ve published a press release about Windows 7. Steve Ballmer said that “Technet and MSDN subscribers can download it now”. I was watching site propagate and the downloads are there. now. What do you mean you’re not a technet subscriber ? Well you’ll be able to get it in a few days.

I picked up from Mary Jo’s blog that there was a live friend feed for those watching. Mary Jo picked up that everything says “the beta” not Beta 1 or some such. Someone else who was thinking in the lines I outlined in the my previous post and suggested that shipping 7 or July 7th (7/7) was too good to miss. Touch in Windows 7 is going to get a lot of attention. I can see quite a few “lightweight surface” type apps being built with that.

Bonus info: Halo Wars will be out in February and a new Halo 3 game (Halo 3 ODST) will be out before the end of the year.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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