Just a quick update if you’re still trying to get at the Windows 7 beta. You can stop trying because it’s on hold according to CNET. They source to a post on the Windows team blog, but even hitting that gets me a ‘Server Busy’ error. The gist of Microsoft’s message: ‘Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I’ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!‘
Maybe I’m just cranky and tired, but I’m sitting here sadly shaking my head. Yes, I realize that when you open up a beta for an OS that’s been earning pretty good impressions, you’re going to get hammered with server traffic. I truly sympathize with that situation. But if you’re a company that offers rock solid software and services to enterprises and consumers everywhere, you have to keep your own afloat. Even at a time like this. Anyway, I’m sure there’ll be an update once the situation sorts itself out. Maybe the BitTorrent leaks were a better idea?