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Heavy Traffic Forces Windows 7 Beta Delay, BitTorrent Chugs Forward
January 9, 2009
Thomas Mennecke
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At CES 2009, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft said, "I believe Windows will remain at the center of people's technological solar system." Steve Ballmer focused his keynote speech on Windows 7, and announced that a beta release would be distributed worldwide today. While Windows may be at the technological center, its distribution platform clearly is not. Because of overwhelming traffic, Microsoft has made Windows 7 Beta unavailable and delayed its launch.

According to the Windows 7 blog, it appears Microsoft's servers couldn't handle the overwhelming traffic.

"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 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!"

At 2.5-3.2 gigabytes a pop, it's little wonder why Microsoft is running into serious distribution problems. Microsoft has already promised 2.5 million product keys for Windows 7, so the demand for the operating system was already known to be impressive. But centralized distribution being what it is, Microsoft did not have the infrastructure in place to meet the demand. Although not publicly advertised, the original direct link still works - but the 32 bit version appears to be loading very slowly.

It’s clear that centralized distribution failed Microsoft. But the same sized download hasn’t seen failure in the hands of BitTorrent. The BitTorrent protocol is designed exactly for this type of situation, yet this advanced distribution medium is clearly absent from the center of Microsoft’s technological solar system. Instead of relying on a single server, or even dozens of servers, BitTorrent takes advantage of swarming among peers. By distributing the processing and bandwidth work to an unlimited number of peers, the failure of peers within the swarm has a limited influence on the ability to distribute of a file. As evidenced by visiting any BitTorrent web site, Windows 7 and files many times its size are transferring without a hitch within the P2P community.

But don’t expect to see a sanctioned torrent link from Microsoft anytime soon.

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