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Windows 7 beta download deadline extended

It looks like we may have been a bit hasty in announcing the end of the Windows 7 public beta downloads. Although Microsoft had originally pegged today as the finale, they've decided to extend the deadline until February 10th, 2009.

Users with slow connections will be glad to know that there's a two day period. As long as your download starts on the 10th, you'll have until the 12th to finish it. Product keys will "continue to be available after February 12th," though the announcement doesn't say what the final date will be.

On January 27th a countdown will be added to the Windows 7 page to let visitors know that time is running out. Technet and MSDN subscribers don't need to worry - you'll continue to have download access through the remainder of the beta period.

The move seems like a no-brainer for Microsoft. Response to Vista's successor has been overwhelmingly positive, and there's no doubt the gang in Redmond wants to capitalize on the momentum.

Sure, you'll probably be able to find the ISO files on any half-decent torrent site, but there's a little added safety in downloading unmodified files right from the source.

You can read the full announcement on the Windows Team blog.

For the direct download links, check my previous post.

Tags: osupdates, windows-7