Microsoft delayed the release of Windows 7 beta today in order to deal with a huge influx of traffic that at least temporarily brought down the company's web servers. Microsoft's Windows 7 web site currently features the following note:

"The volume has been phenomenal—we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience."

There are rumors that Microsoft will finally open the flood gates at 6pm PST tonight. The company also posted a quick note about the delay on its Windows 7 blog, which prompted the following reply from a disappointed reader:

"Why? Logistically speaking, bit torrent would have been a life saver here."

The commenter apparently wasn't the only one having this thought. Someone has uploaded a torrent of the official Microsoft Technet iso to the Pirate Bay, and the file currently has almost 200 seeders. Now let's just hope that Microsoft will start handing out those 2.5 million beta keys soon ...

(via Downloadsquad)

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