It seems that Microsoft are pointing us towards a January 2009 release date for the Windows 7 beta, rather than December 2008 as originally thought.
**Update-it seems we have dates for when the beta will be available here.
According to the Register, MS have updated their sites to show that event attendees won’t receive a physical copy of the beta in their hands until an event on 13/01/09. If you’re at an event before then, you will get teh beta DVD mailed to you later.
Despite this, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley thinks we could be on for a December 17th release..who will be proved right? I’m very excited about getting my hands on a proper beta of Windows 7 so the sooner the better I say!
**Update** Yesterday (16/12/08) Microsoft sent invitations to select “beta tech testers” giving them early access to Windows 7 Beta 1. The note from MS contained the line “While (the Windows 7) beta will not be available until early 2009…” so a general release date in January is nearly confirmed.