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IBM Journal Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Andy Thurai


Windows 7 Beta Release Suffers Hic-cups

Despite glitches, Microsoft confirmed Windows 7 for netbooks, consumers and enterprise

The launch of the public beta of Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating on which so much depends was halted in the middle of the downloads when Microsoft said it underestimated the server power it would need to service demand.

Well, that was what it said.

When it came back up, Microsoft said it would lift the initial 2.5 million limit it put on the thing until January 24.

It also warned it could be "glitchy."

Meanwhile, CNet's London office says Microsoft has confirmed that there will be Windows 7 versions for netbooks, consumers and the enterprise. It said Microsoft wouldn't clarify whether the netbook version would be a general release or only available bundled.

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