High Traffic Delays Windows 7 Beta Rollout

Company's site crumbles under demand
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2009 5:09 PM CST
Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer talks about Windows 7 at the CES.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After promising the world Windows 7 Beta on Wednesday, Microsoft had to pull the plug on its download site due to cripplingly high traffic, CNET reports today. “We are adding some additional infrastructure support,” Microsoft said, “before we post the public beta.” Microsoft hopes to have millions of testers for the new operating system, and release the consumer version by the next holiday season.

Microsoft, in a blog post, seemed downright thrilled by its sites’ failure “as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta.” “Stay tuned!” the company told prospective testers. “We are excited that you are excited!” Microsoft gave no clue as to when the download would be up, and would not confirm when exactly the OS would ship.