Windows 7 beta invites sent to select testers

Today, Microsoft released its first wave of invitations for the Windows 7 beta test. The invitations were only sent to a small, select group of 'technical beta' testers.

In the email sent to invited testers, Microsoft states that the beta is not available for download right away. A reliable Russian website, Wzor, has claimed that the beta Microsoft will upload is build 7000.0.081212-1400, built December 12th. They also claim the build will be made available to testers within the next 48 hours.

In the email, Microsoft also mentioned their website where it has placed a wealth of information about Windows 7 and mentions the beta. This will likely be updated in the future. It should also be noted that Windows Server 2008 R2, included in this beta test, has a portal too. According to Microsoft's roadmap, this server-orientated Windows will have a longer release, scheduled to be released in 2010.

Neowin will provide updates on this beta when the information becomes available.

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They will not be giving invites to tester to invite someone else. Wendy made that clear that only those of us that are already in and that's it. However, in the future the may remove inactive testers, creating additional slots.

I got it, too.

BTW the "wzor.net is a warez site, so don't trust it" argument is an ad hominem fallacy. Being a warez site doesn't imply that all they say is false.

EHM! wzor.net is only a simple warez site, is this the kind of pages the people of Neowin wish to be associated with? Because of the nature of the site, and the fact that he writes "A reliable Russian website". I'll believe it once someone posts their invite mail.

Yes, the invites actually did go out. Whether it serves warez or not it has reliable information about Windows 7 beta.

coth said,
Wzor is a not a simple warez site, it's a famous release group, like reloaded, razer1911 etc

lol, i read what i wrote, sound like I only meant simply a warez site, not that it was simple page:p ok, still, i was referring to the nature of the site.

I checked .. no invites have gone out yet. This story is based on rumours. Real invites go out next week (just before christmas else just after that week)

I can def. confirm that at least some invites have been sent out, ask Paul Thurott, Mary Jo Foley, or people like myself with the invite letter sitting in his mailbox. I was posting on the ms beta newsgroup last night as well.. I don't know if more are still being sent out, but I can absolutely say that some have gone out.

Mary Jo Foley told us back in September that these invites would be released "one week before Christmas". Looks like she was right and yes the invites are real.

No, the invites did go out as people have said. i got my invite early this am. This story is not based on rumors, your assumption that its based on rumors is incorrect. A little bit of google searching and you might not have said what you did.

crazyturn2 said,
No, the invites did go out as people have said. i got my invite early this am. This story is not based on rumors, your assumption that its based on rumors is incorrect. A little bit of google searching and you might not have said what you did.


I would not have said what I said unless I had doubled checked it with the team itself. Only registered members of press events got invites.

Reliable??

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I'm writing this from Windows 7 (6956).
My PC specs:
CPU: Pentium III 800Mhz
RAM: 512
Video: S3 Trio64 (1Mb video memory)

It seems that Windows 7 is running a bit faster than XP does...

Man, I hope there's a public release of W7. Though I'm a member of Microsoft Connect, I doubt I'll get an invite... I really want to try the Win7 beta; it'll be the first Windows beta I've tried.

Mine was a day late too. I had given up hope lol. I was all like well darn, now I have to rely on torrents like everyone else. Would have been my 1st OS beta miss since ME :)

Though the newsgroups aren't showing up yet sigh. Hope they go live soon as well. I miss all the old folks from XP and Vista betas.

nothing you can do about it other than if you aren't a member of Microsoft Connect then sign up but you probably wont get in. Microsoft connect however is the only way you can get in so if you aren't signed up then you have no chance. If you were already signed up then just wait, if you aren't picked then nothing you can do about it.

Not true, I didn't get one (and its doubtful that I will). I have been a Microsoft beta tester since Windows 95 and NT 4.0 releases. It probably has something to do with them needing new blood (individuals under 25). After you are 25, you are just a fossil in the tech world.

bluarash said,
Not true, I didn't get one (and its doubtful that I will). I have been a Microsoft beta tester since Windows 95 and NT 4.0 releases. It probably has something to do with them needing new blood (individuals under 25). After you are 25, you are just a fossil in the tech world.

Not true...28 here and I have been doing betas since win95

Sweet, another beta to play with I loved this during XP and Vista cycles, now 7

I didn't get a invite yet but we'll see.

If you haven't got an invite yet and you where in on Vista Alpha Program then just wait a while, you might get one today or tomorrow just something a little bird told me

At the rate the development for Windows 7 is going, it looks like Paul Thurrott's prediction for an April 2009 release could come true. Though the website mentions in the article says a November-December release, only time will tell.

bah! Shame about win 2008 R2 not being out until 2010. I'm actually really looking forward to some of it's features (the active directory recycle bin for one)

Wow this is the first windows beta since windows 3.0 that I'm skipping... I've had enough of windows betas... been in a lot of them since Alpha state... they are fun but take up a LOT of time when you actually do testing, not just in it to install and play with it

neufuse said,
Wow this is the first windows beta since windows 3.0 that I'm skipping... I've had enough of windows betas... been in a lot of them since Alpha state... they are fun but take up a LOT of time when you actually do testing, not just in it to install and play with it

Well, I actually use the "Send Feedback" button when I do beta testing, but actually they didn't send me the invitation. :/
Sad, I know...
Also, Beta-testing a Windows beta requires you to "actually do testing" but also requires you to "ensure you're using the latest version so you won't be sending feedback of stuff already fixed".

I have a spare 150GB Raptor that I use for testing other operating systems and all I have to do is change the boot order - no messing about with bootloaders. Still, you are right that it takes a lot of time and I'm not convinced it's worth the effort just yet. It takes a long time to install all the applications I'd normally use and by the time I was happy there'd probably be another new and better build available. BTW, I think Win7 looks great and I don't doubt it offers many benefits.

Looking forward to finding out what the beta will be like. It'd be funny, yet fitting if the final build number was 7777.

This is a very well written article Sacha and very informative. Thank you. I can't wait to see screenshots of the new beta an changes from build 6956!

Thanks. Hope everyone liked my articles :).
I've now been sacked/fired as news staff so this is my last article.

Have a good Christmas everyone.