2.5 Million Windows 7 Beta Computers Were Synchronizing with WU Servers Before April 29, 2009

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2009 02:09 Written by Mire_B Monday, 11 May 2009 12:31

I have been hunting down for some statistics to assess the success of Windows 7 Beta Build 7000, and I came across a remark by Brad Anderson, General Manager, Management and Services Division at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, on April 29, 2009. Just ahead of the Release Candidate of Windows 7 shipping to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on April 30, Anderson pointed out that over two and a half million Windows 7 Beta computers were synchronizing with Windows Update servers before the RC bits were launched.

Anderson: There are actually 2.5 million users around the world who are using the beta and are synchronizing with Windows Update. It’s a phenomenal operating system.

Microsoft stated repeatedly that Windows 7 Beta downloads were in the millions, but except for Anderson’s remark, the company offered no figures for the public. Interest for Beta Build 7000 in January 2009 was sufficiently high in order to make Microsoft postpone availability for a day in order to grow its server infrastructure to handle demand and the high level of traffic. 

Anderson only mentioned Windows 7 Beta, but obviously there have been testers that upgraded to pre-RC builds, an indication that the actual number of Build 7000 downloads surpassed the 2.5 million mark. Windows 7 RC Build 7100 downloads went smooth in comparison to Beta, and the client is on its way to RTM.

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Download Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 from Microsoft, Still

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:54 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:48

Yes, you can still download Windows 7 Build 7000 from Microsoft.  Why would you? Well, if you are like me you probably enjoy a little memorabilia, and you can’t wait to install Windows 7 Beta in a virtual machine cut off from the rest of the operating system in about two years, and compare it with a Windows 8 Beta (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Beta Build 8000).

If you are a MSDN or a TechNet subscriber then you can grab Build 7000 with no issue. But the public will have to use Microsoft Connect as an alternative, since the direct download was discontinued in February. I know what you’re thinking. You just can’t waltz in Microsoft Connect and grab any bits you want… Well, yes you can if you have an invite code! Make sure to navigate to Microsoft Connect and enter the following Connect ID: WIN7-3HQW-RF74. It will allow access to Windows 7 Ultimate Beta and Windows 7 Home Premium Beta. And even more goodies! Check out more details after the jump.

And just in case Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta coming back with a vengeance did not take your mind off of goodies such as Build 7077, 7082 and 7106, or the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) coming on May 5, Mary Jo Foley dug up a Microsoft job posting for Windows 8 and the new file server in development, in response to my post on the improvements planned for Win 8 file access for branch offices.


Here is the job posting for Software Development Engineer in Test:

Do you want to work ensuring that we deliver the best administration experience for the next generation of File Servers? Do you want to solve tough management problems that simplify how server (and client) administrators setup/configure, manage, monitor and migrate file server workload?

Windows File Server role is among the top roles that customers configure their Windows Servers for. File Server Management is one of the key differentiators for Windows Server when it comes to comparison with other non Windows products. The File Server Management Team’s charter is to ensure that we continue to innovate and provide excellent value to existing and new customers thus giving a compelling reasons to buy windows Servers for their File Storage workloads.

In Windows Server 2008 R2 release, the Server UX Test team (under the File Server Management organization) is finalizing the MMC based User eXperience (UX)/Interfaces for the File Server Role. Currently the team owns DFS Management, Share and Storage Management, FSRM & Classification UI, Disk Management, SMFS. For Windows 8, the SSD organization is working on the next version of the file server.

As a member of the test team, you will focus on working closely with the dev team to finish the automation development for our Windows Server 2008 R2 components. This will provide valuable ramp-up and familiarity with our existing test automation infrastructure. As the team moved to Windows 8, you will have 2 main responsibilities – (i) put on the customer/design critique hat as we plan our next version file server management experience (i) participating in the architectural design, and development and driving automated testing for managing the next generation file server. Our current automation does not meet the multi-machine paradigm requirement and so you will contribute significantly in the development of test automation to validate setup/configuration of the new server, managing configuration changes, performing diagnostics and reporting using Power Shell, Command line, Object Model, UI. You will need to develop tests that would verify the system with an end-to-end perspective in managed code using C#. You would also be responsible for testing scalability and performance aspects of the system, testing for limits and boundary conditions. We will give you the best possible support by assigning a full time mentor to work closely with you. You will develop in depth technical skills in: C# (C/C++) coding, Windows Operating systems fundamentals, Distributed algorithms, Data synchronization protocols, Networking, system scalability & performance and security testing and the like.

We need great minds like you and in return we give you the unique opportunity to work on a ground breaking technology. How many times does one get to work on a path breaking product that targets a market worth Billions of Dollars? What we have is V1 system on top of our robust Windows Server. You will have an opportunity to design the next generation from scratch (and bring the best of technologies from across Microsoft) with the support and guidance of excellent people around you. Specifically, this position gives you to get full breadth of test automation – from UI, to object model to the underlying infrastructure. By testing the top most layer, you will be forced to understand the layers below it – you will work with core/infrastructure folks on a daily basis thereby become an expert on the entire depth of the system. It is not just coding experience that you will gain – you gain design and creative testing skills, project coordination, team work, and opportunity to be the “guru” or in your areas. In our team, we have excellent opportunities for career growth and our upper management is committed to investing in quality people like you. We have great program managers and developers in place who are eagerly looking for the your (test developer’s) arrival. While our ambitions are higher, we are a team who fully…

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