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Microsoft posted this on their Windows 7 home page today:  

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal—we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

No ETA on when it will be available.  I salute those who are able to get it.  I may not as I’m calling it an early night.  Happy downloading my friends.

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I am lying in bed with a cold, tissue box in hand, and still not able to download Windows 7 Beta to my trusty laptop.  After a round of attempts to download with the alarm ringing in my ears, I gave up and just tried it when I woke up for the day.  Imagine my surprise when the site still was not available.  I thought maybe I had missed it and slept through the release.  When I was finally able to subscribe to the RSS feed I steadily watch with eager anticipation.  Still no download available.

Microsoft has released a post to their blog indicating an infrastructure upgrade was needed before they could do the release.  They are excited that we are excited about the download and want the experience to go smoothly.  Translate that to we crashed their servers with so many attempts to download it today.  OK, Microsoft, I’ll wait for your infrastructure upgrade.  I haven’t tried Vista and am eager to see a new OS from the same old same old XP.  Please hurry 🙂

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Microsoft released it’s second beta of IE8 to end users today.  The new web browser seems like a breath of fresh air from Microsoft.  I cant believe I’m saying this.  The new browser is designed to block third party cookies, tracking cookies, and ads from being seen.  This protects the user immensely while surfing, something Microsoft acknowledges when it released the Beta.  It seems that Microsoft has heard the populous and understands that they want a safer browsing experience.  It has learned from it’s success with IE7.

Users have the ability to surf with InPrivateBrowsing which covers the temporary Internet files, cookies, tracking cookies and other things websites put in place to track their customers or users whereabouts on the web.

This has ad agencies up in arms.  They are concerned that their ads will not go through or will not be seen by the multitude of Internet surfers.  Users can review a list of which companies are trying to display or collect data from them and will have the option to pick and choose what they want to do with the data.

I think this is a step in the right direction and a breath of fresh air.  Thanks Microsoft!

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