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Beta version of Windows 7 leaked to BitTorrent sites

updated 03:20 pm EST, Tue December 30, 2008

Windows 7 beta leaked

A beta version of the Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7, has been leaked online and is available for download, according to a Tuesday report. Labeled "Build 7000," a 32-bit version of Windows 7 is currently being distributed via BitTorrent networks, with available copies numbering in the thousands. Those who have downloaded the illegal software are said to believe the build is the genuine article.

The leak comes about a week before an expected CES keynote speech by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, highlighting features and perhaps an official release of the beta software. Microsoft has hinted that it may release a beta as soon as January 13th.

Windows 7 was initially expected to launch in early 2010, but Microsoft has since announced it is aiming for a late 2009 launch instead. Microsoft has also extended the shelf life of the generation-old Windows XP by six months, which may give users the option of skipping the current OS, Windows Vista, entirely.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The more I hear about Windows 7 the more it smacks of desperation on MS's part. Beginning with the whole "Lucky Number 7" overtones (it's actually windows 6.1), the rush to market, and the transparent attempt to make it seem like it's a totally new product when it's merely Vista with an interface fix.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    KEEP IT!

    No one really cares.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree and perhaps...

    ...MS is leaking such to try & dampen MacWorld announcements which, if my radar is even close may usher in a new era of power & speed leapfrogging anything MS can approach - between the promise of a multicore OS, Open CL, RAID SSDs, X-Grid, i7 & quad mobile/imacs I'd say Steve & Co have built an incredibly impressive hardware & software palette - is the tipping point nigh...?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: I agree

    Wow, they're going to release all of that at MacWorld? Who knew!

    MS didn't leak it themselves. They don't need to. If they wanted to 'leak' it, they'd just release a public beta and be done with it. Its a whole lot easier.

    And no leak of Win7 would dampen the MWSF. Those who care about Macs don't pay attention to what MS has to say, and those who don't aren't paying attention to the keynote anyway.

    But don't be expecting any announcements that are going to be making the rounds of the general media. Nothing big like that is going to get announced.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nothing New

    This is not news .... Beta versions of Windows Vista have been available on new computers and on store shelves for almost two years, and no one has bothered to try them ..... So why would anyone try this thing .... I'm sure the it's not worth the download :-)

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not Desparate

    Look, let me preface by saying I love OS X and Mac and find it superior to Windows. So don't flame me.....

    For those of you old enough to remember, MS had a bad OS experience with ME. It was to replace the popular and stable Windows 98. Well it was plagued by driver issues, stability, security... (sound familiar).

    M$ quickly released Windows XP, which, in my opinion, was a very good Windows OS, particularly after SP1.

    Personally, I like Vista, but I am running it as a virtual guest on a
    dual quad core Mac Pro with 8 GB memory (4 allocated for the guest). It flies, no problem.

    There are some performance issues when running it on my macbook pro (2GB memory, 1.3 allocated for guest). And that is the biggest issue with Vista, it is a resource hog.

    Just the OS with Visual Studio and SQL server Desktop takes up nearly 20 GB of HD space.

    Similarly equipped virtual guest with Ubunto... 4GB.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I run the latest Ubuntu Linux, openSUSE Linux, PC-BSD, giving them 256 MB of memory and OpenSolaris at 512 MB in Vmware Fusion 2 and they run fine on my iMac w/ 4GB RAM and running 10.5.

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