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Windows 7: Beta invites have started being sent out.

17 Dec 2008   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

It will be just a matter of time before the beta is available to the public for download.
Btw...nice snow effect on avatar, Brink:)

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17 Dec 2008   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
All I could find on Connect site was just an unofficial thread of people posting to request an invite for the beta testing.
Confirmed. There are two such threads running currently. I think it is being misunderstood by many, as an official path to apply as a beta tester. I have even seen it posted as such on another well known site.
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17 Dec 2008   #13

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit

Yeah, I'm seeing tons of people applying for a Beta as well. I'll just wait...
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18 Dec 2008   #14

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
Invitation to "Technical Beta Testers" Build 7000

"Today, Microsoft released its first wave of invitations for the Windows 7 beta test. The invitations were only sent to a small, select group of 'technical beta' testers.

In the email sent to invited testers, Microsoft states that the beta is not available for download right away. A reliable Russian website Wzor has claimed that the beta Microsoft will upload is build 7000.0.081212-1400, built December 12th. They also claim the build will be made available to testers within the next 48 hours.

In the email, Microsoft also mentioned their website where it has placed a wealth of information about Windows 7 and mentions the beta. This will likely be updated in the future. It should also be noted that Windows Server 2008 R2, included in this beta test, has a portal too. According to Microsoft's roadmap, this server-orientated Windows will have a longer release, scheduled to be released in 2010."

Windows 7 beta invites sent to select testers

German online magazine Win Future got their hands on some news about the Windows 7 Beta. According to the magazine Windows 7 Beta is expected to be send to important partners - participants of the Technology Adopters Programms - beginning December 18. All first batch testers should receive the Windows 7 Beta no later than December 25.
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18 Dec 2008   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

So it wont be long now and we should be able to get our hands on it, one way or another lol
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18 Dec 2008   #16

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

I'm ready when they are. :)

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18 Dec 2008   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Dear [First Name],

The Microsoft Windows® beta team would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 beta program planned for early 2009 as announced at the Professional Developers Conference Oct 2008. Accepting this invitation will allow you to access pre-release versions of the next version of Windows for the purpose of evaluating and providing feedback. We highly value your past feedback and know we can count on you again to help us build a great new version of Windows!

The beta version is not available quite yet but we need to assemble a great team of beta testers early so you are ready to go when we are! If you accept this invitation you’ll be notified when the beta version becomes available. In the meantime you can visit Welcome to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Getting Started to learn more about what’s coming.

What you will get if you choose to participate

· Early access to downloadable beta copies of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

· Access to private newsgroups to discuss the beta with other testers and with Microsoft staff

· Access to various online events that will highlight new features and allow you to interact with the development team

· The ability to report bugs and track their status

· An opportunity to help us build a better Windows by assisting us in finding and fixing issues

What we will ask of you if you choose to participate

· We request that you download, burn to DVD and install Windows and/or Windows Server on at least one PC

· We ask that you actively participate in discussions on the newsgroups and share your opinions with us and others

· We also request that you file bugs if you encounter them as well as respond to surveys as you can.

· We may ask you to consider being a press reference or invite you to share your Windows 7 user experience with others

Things you should know about Windows 7 and the beta program

· The beta will be available in English, German, Japanese and Arabic. A language pack for Hindi will also be provided

· Availability will be via download only. No media will be provided so you’ll need a DVD burner to create installation media

· PCs that support and run Windows Vista should allow you to run Windows 7.

· Servers that support and run Windows Server 2008 should allow you to run Windows Server 2008 R2

· Participating in the beta does not necessarily mean you will receive a free final product.

· Participation is strictly voluntary but we ask that if you do accept this invitation you report bugs as you see them as well as actively participate in the newsgroups and other events.

· Spots are limited and from time to time we may remove inactive participants in order to make space available for others who are willing to actively provide feedback.

Accepting Your Invitation

To accept this invitation and become a member of this program, follow this link: <Link to Microsoft Connect Will Go Here>.
If this link does not work for you, copy the full link and paste it into the Web browser address bar. You may be prompted to sign-in with your LiveID credentials.

Getting Started

While beta will not be available until early 2009 we, know you are excited to get started so we have opened the microsoft.beta.win7.lobby so you may begin renewing acquaintances with previous participants as well as meeting new testing peers. After accepting the invitation, you will be able to sign into Microsoft Connect and click on the “Windows 7 Beta Program” link for more information on accessing the newsgroups.

As well, to better understand our audience and how we are asking you to complete the following three surveys to tell us about yourself. Each survey has 20-40 questions and each should take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. You don’t have to take them all at once nor do you have to do it right now. We ask though that at some point you find time to complete them. As a thank-you for completing these prior to the end of the calendar year (Prior to January 1st, 2009) each participant who completes all three surveys (or indicates “already taken”) will be put into a drawing and five winners selected to receive some Windows 7 logo’ed toys!

Participant Survey Part 1 -

Participant Survey Part 2 -

Participant Survey Part 3 -

The team would like to thank-you in advance for helping make this our best OS release to date and we look forward to hearing what you have to say!


The Windows Customer Connection Team
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18 Dec 2008   #18

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit

Do want!
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18 Dec 2008   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Seems Reasonable
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18 Dec 2008   #20

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

In case anyone from Microsoft is reading this, I'd be happy to send lots of feedback and post in forums/newsgroups.

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