Microsoft Corp. on Saturday restarted its roll-out of the Windows 7 beta, 24 hours after it aborted the launch when heavy demand stalled its servers. As of noon PST, 10 January, Microsoft said that the primary beta download site, an off-shoot of the Windows section Microsoft.com, was “up and working.”
Computerworld confirmed that the Windows 7 beta download page was online and taking download requests. Springboard Series, another public download location targeting IT professionals, was also live.
Originally slated to start Friday at noon PST, Windows 7’s public debut was postponed by Microsoft, which cited “very heavy traffic” across its Web properties. “Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to Microsoft.com properties,” a spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Friday launch of the public beta, he urged everyone to grab a copy. “I encourage you all to get out and download it,” he said.
Some of the comments from Microsoft – and users – were hilarious. A Microsoft hack worried aloud that, “demand might be so high it will bring down the Internet”. Uh-huh.
Then there were a few users who cautioned Microsoft that continued delays “were going to hurt the credibility of Microsoft statements.”