Windows 7, the new operating system from Microsoft that is set to replace Vista sometime in 2009, was first previewed at the Professional Developers Conference on Oct. 28th. On Oct. 29, the pre-beta Windows 7 torrent was available on several BitTorrent sites. Wow, those pirates are fast.
There has been intense interest in Windows 7 from both developers and normal consumers since it was first announced. Maybe it’s because most people aren’t at all happy with Vista and want to see it replaced sooner rather than later. But Microsoft has been keeping information about Windows 7 to a bare minimum.
The first sighting anyone outside of the company had of the new OS was at the Professional Developers Conference last week where invited developers, reviewers, and bloggers were treated to a preview and then handed a pre-beta version for their own private use. The inevitable happened, and the pre-beta version of Windows 7 soon found its way on to high-profile BitTorrent trackers such as The Pirate Bay and Mininova.
CNet reports that both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS have leaked on to the Internet, with the former attracting by far the most attention from downloaders. Just one copy of the OS, of which there are several different available on the sites, is being downloaded by 7,000 people at a time.
The pre-beta version available from torrent sites is said to be stable but not the latest build with the new taskbar included. But, as stable as it may be, it’s still an untested version which is not suitable for regular use and could compromise computer security if used in that way.
It seems most people understand this and are just downloading it to have a first initial look at the operating system they are likely to be using in a year or two’s time. However, not all seeders think it’s worth the hassle. One commented:
“There is nothing new in it. I wouldn’t recommend this to download. Waste of time. Happy with Vista.”
I’m one of those people who isn’t keen on Vista and am willing Windows 7 to be infinitely better. But, I wouldn’t download a pre-beta version of the new OS knowing that it’s unlikely to bear much resemblance to the final product but have all the bugs inherent in any Microsoft product included. Other people seem less patient.