CES 2009: Microsoft showcases Windows 7Microsoft announces Windows 7 Beta availability

08 January 2009

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Microsoft has previewed the latest version of its Windows operating system, which aims to be simpler and better than previous versions.

This is currently still a beta version, meaning that extensive testing is required before it’ll be ready for release - but anyone will be able to download it and try it out.

Microsoft’s chief executive officer Steve Ballmer announced the beta availability of the Windows 7 operating system as well as the availability of the latest version of the Windows Live, a suite of personal communications services and applications, at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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'I'm thrilled to announce the availability of the Windows 7 beta, which is on track to deliver simplicity and reliability,' said Ballmer. 'Windows 7 and Windows Live are part of an incredible pipeline of consumer technology that is making it easier than ever for people to communicate, share and get more done.'

Microsoft claims the key points of Windows 7 are that it will work the way consumers want – with special attention being paid to performance, reliability, security, compatibility and battery life – as well as making everyday tasks faster and easier thanks to a streamlined and intuitive user interface. It also boasts enhanced digital entertainment features.

Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it from January 9 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7.

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