I was up at 5 AM this morning to check and see if the download of the Windows 7 beta was available yet. A more careful read of the Windows 7 blog site shows that the download won’t be available until this afternoon. Pacific time! That’ll be Miller Time here on the east coast.
This despite Sam Diaz’ caution. Diaz is spreading a little FUD that because the beta runs out in August you’re going to be stuck downgrading to your previous OS and lose your precious data in the process. Not once in Microsoft’s history have they left beta users high and dry in that way. Not once.
The other interesting meme spreading is that Microsoft has given up on Windows Vista. Even CNN has picked up on the story! Maybe they have, or maybe they haven’t. From where I sit, running Windows Vista on every PC I own (except the HP Mini, and an old laptop running Ubuntu) Vista is pretty darn good now. I’m not sure why they’d “abandon” it. More to the point, perhaps, is that Windows 7 looks like a return to the good old days of timely OS updates. Windows XP to Vista took over 5 years, but most prior updates were on an 18 to 30 month cycle.
To me, this looks like the rebirth of the Windows marketing machine, which has been somnolent for some time. Frankly, that’s a good thing.
Now where can I get one of those cool “I’m a PC” stickers that are in the “Windows guru” videos?