Microsoft to release Windows 7 beta in December
Along with many other Microsoft watchers, developers and customers, I have been assuming Microsoft was going to provide attendees of its late October Professional Developers Conference (PDC) ? or at least its early November Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) ? with early Windows 7 bits. But according to new information I?ve received from sources that have asked not to be named, Microsoft is not planning to make Beta 1 of Windows 7 available until mid-December.
A small and select group of testers already have gotten their hands on Windows 7 builds. Microsoft has released two M (?milestone?) designated Windows 7 builds (M1 and M2), plus various interim updates, to select customers and partners who have been sworn to secrecy. And the Windows client team is in the midst of putting finishing touches on M3, I hear.
But Beta 1? Currently it?s not in the cards for Microsoft to release this code to testers until a week before Christmas, according to folks claiming to be privvy to Microsoft?s Windows 7 schedule.