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The first public beta for Windows Vista is generating such a huge number of downloads that it potentially could affect the bandwidth for the rest of the Net.  It is a big download and coupled with the sheer number of people trying to download it Microsoft […]

The first public beta for Windows Vista is generating such a huge number of downloads that it potentially could affect the bandwidth for the rest of the Net.  It is a big download and coupled with the sheer number of people trying to download it Microsoft has a concern that the Net could be affected.  For this reason, Microsoft is asking those interested in trying the Vista beta to order the DVD instead of downloading the software.  Those who order the DVD will likely receive it by the time they could actually get into the download site and download the file anyway.  The Vista public beta may very well have generated the most download requests for any one file in the history of the Net.  This beta is also a limited beta so if you wait in the queue to download it (which could take a week) you might not get in if the number of beta users is reached.  If you have already gone to the beta site and obtained a key but still can’t get the download due to bandwidth then revisit the site and change the option to request a DVD.  Wow!

-jk

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  2. Ben Drawbaugh Saturday, June 10, 2006

    Hmm, Bittorrent anyone?
    Or how about that BITS that MS makes and uses for downloading windows udpate.

    The sad thing is that if someone did create a torrent MS would just go after them.

  3. Tablet PC User Saturday, June 10, 2006

    Sounds like FUD to me! I haven’t seen one slow-down while using the net. Which website are you quoting this from JK?

  4. It’s interesting to turn this around, and ask why one of the largest IT companies in the world can not handle the Internet release for one of its key products. Bad planning? Their servers can’t handle the load?

    Sure the Vista beta is large, but is that an excuse? Bittorrent is a well tested way of releasing large files. So maybe this is a sign of the way Microsoft views things: one single gatekeeper.

    Of course this could all be a form of negative marketing to drive a buzz. Limited queues are a great way to make people feel special when they are “in”.

  5. This information come direct from MS. From what I understand they cannot deliver via Bittorrent for legal reasons.

  6. I downloaded the beta on Friday with no problems and installed it yesterday. Vista looks and feels amazing, however, I’ve reverted back to XP after a few problems installing software I’d used under XP. I felt the learning curve was very steep as there is so much thats different, especially regarding navigation. However, there are some nice innovations like the breadcrumbs in the address bar which did help. Even after my limited usage I felt I was starting to get the hang of things. I think I’ll wait a while longer though before I make the switch. Incidentally all the system information called this the Ultimate Edition and there were lots of refrences to tablet and media centre functionality, I was testing this on my desktop pc however so wasnt able to try these features out – next time though ;)

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