Windows 7 Beta 1 to be released at CES?

Bob Familiar, Architect Evangelist working for Microsoft, has posted a blog entry detailing next weeks MSDN Developer Conferences. The MSDN developer conferences take place across the United States from the 9th December through to the 19th February 2009.

In the blog post Familiar states "attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD". It's not clear whether this is post conference or during the conference itself. However another Microsoft employee, Keith Combs, has confirmed the DVDs will be available on the 13th January. Putting 1 and 1 together, and little birdies whispering from across the ocean, next years Consumer Electronics Show runs from the 8th January to the 11th so this would place beta 1 at the right time for a grand unveiling. Judging by the quality of 6801 Microsoft is well placed to release the beta as early as possible. Fellow Microsoft blogger Ed Bott believes Windows 7 beta 1 will feature at CES too.

The only slight hitch in Microsoft's plan? MacWorld. The conference runs from 5th January to 9th January and Steve Jobs is one of the keynote speakers. If Apple have been working overtime then they could release the highly anticipated Snow Leopard operating system and steal Microsoft's thunder.

Microsoft has always publicly stated that Beta 1 will be ready Q1 2009 so unveiling and releasing at CES fits perfectly within Q1 and is one of the best places to unveil a new operating system. In other Windows 7 related news, Chinese site it168 posted some recent photos of Windows 7 build 6956 obtained at WinHEC 2008 China which begins today.

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I don't understand the comment regarding if Apple release Snow Leopard at the same time. Sure Microsoft is releasing a Beta of 7 not the RTM. Microsoft enthuaists will still be interested in the release as will a few people, mac people will be interested in the release of SL.

I have high hopes for both OS's, Windows 7 is shaping up to be a really good release as is Snow Leopard, it's great to see the OS world get out of the stagnation of a few years ago with hardly any releases and not much going on.

creamhackered said,
Well remember when Apple announced the iPhone? This was during CES and it killed off a lot of the hype around Vista.

Well yeah because of the array of disappointing news Vista was to bring. It's like Microsoft didn't give consumers that good a reason to upgrade.

Windows 7 is my next upgrade... Im hoping it will be out in time for me to skip vista...

Im yet to get around to looking into the versions floating around already...

It's unlikely that Snow Leopard will steal much of Windows 7s thunder, the new leopard doesn't sport many new features that the average joe would need.

thealexweb said,
It's unlikely that Snow Leopard will steal much of Windows 7s thunder, the new leopard doesn't sport many new features that the average joe would need.

I really don't think Snow Leopard will make a Q1 release.

Apple will have something "else" to announce, though it might not be as early as MacWorld. But it'll be pretty significant, that's for sure.

why does Microsoft always release BETAs? and Apple I rarely ever seen they release a beta.

Snow Leopard is gonna probably be faster than Windows XP and look a so much better than Vista.

In contrast to Apple, Microsoft actually cares about maintaining backwards compatability, and has a massively larger hardware base upon which to test. Asking for feedback from the public at large is the most responsible thing they could do.

brink668 said,
and Apple I rarely ever seen they release a beta(sic).

Yes they do; they just choose to name them after wildcats rather than greek letters.

Apple doesn't do "betas", sure. But they do constantly release early versions to developers. While they don't carry the Beta tag on them, they are more or less alphas and betas.

simon360 said,
Apple doesn't do "betas", sure. But they do constantly release early versions to developers. While they don't carry the Beta tag on them, they are more or less alphas and betas.

at what cost?

I think all the negative criticism about Vista will help this release. Microsoft said they have listened to customer feedback, so I hope they put it all into perspective and make Windows 7 a worthwhile release. If it's "Vista 2.0", I'll be disappointed.

Bri- said,
I think all the negative criticism about Vista will help this release. Microsoft said they have listened to customer feedback, so I hope they put it all into perspective and make Windows 7 a worthwhile release. If it's "Vista 2.0", I'll be disappointed.

sometimes a fall like vista is what is needed to correct ones self.

TCLN Ryster said,
Just as XP was Windows 2000 2.0. Whats your point?

the point is windows doesn't came out nowhere improvement over previous release

Same. I avoided Vista until the late RC stages and even then only installed it on a backup computer. That was in contrast to XP, which I used as my primary OS from the beta stages.

O Rly?
In my (semi-disastrous) attempt at running both betas on my main machine back in the day, i remember xp beta 2 being much less stable than vista beta 2. NOTE: I had an ATI card, you know back when nvidia's WDDM drivers sucked megatons.
That being said Win7 on my main machine would be a no go. I heard that BF2 doesnt like it it seems.
Shame really.

Just install it on a VM

theyarecomingforyou said,
Same. I avoided Vista until the late RC stages and even then only installed it on a backup computer. That was in contrast to XP, which I used as my primary OS from the beta stages.

Noice.

Hope MS can generate a bit of positive hype this time around.

Now that they can actually deliver features, they can start talking about them!