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    Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta Is Ready For Testers

    1st service pack of Microsoft Windows 7 is probably coming later this year. Microsoft have already begun assembling the group of testers who will receive the first beta of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Windows 7 along with Windows Server 2008 R2 in July. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be available in 5 languages- English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish.

    The guys from Redmond have started sending out invitations to those who they wish to have involved in the SP1 beta testing program, so it wont be an open beta like Windows 7 itself was. At Microsoft’s TechEd conference last week, they did say to expect the Beta of Win7 SP1 to come along sometime in July, so it appears they are sticking to that promise. Zdnet, have reported that they expect Windows 7 SP1 beta to be delivered in Mid-July around the time Microsoft holds its Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington.

    You may already know that SP1 won’t include any major changes or new features for existing Windows 7 RTM, instead it’s just going to clear up and fix any bug issues that are still lingering in the OS.

    Here’s a copy of the invitation below that’s been sent to testers-
    You are receiving this invitation based on the quality of feedback you have provided on previous Windows programs and the Microsoft Windows release team would like you to participate in the Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) release program, to be available shortly, as announced at the Microsoft’s TechEd conference.

    Accepting this invitation will allow you to access pre-release versions of the Service Pack for the purposes of validating the release readiness. We highly value your past feedback and know we can count on you again to help us build a great new version of Windows!

    The SP1 release version is not available quite yet but we need to assemble a great team of program peers early so you are ready to go when we are! If you accept this invitation you’ll be notified when the release version becomes available.

    What you will get if you choose to participate
    • Early access to downloadable Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 releases
    • Access to private newsgroups to share information about the release with other program peers and with Microsoft staff
    • The ability to report bugs and track their status
    • An opportunity to help us build a better Windows by validating the release readiness

    What we will ask of you if you choose to participate
    • Download and install Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on at least one PC each
    • File bugs if you encounter them as well as respond to surveys as you can.
    • Validation we are seeking
    o Set-up and installation
    o Application Experience/Compatibility
    o Device Experience/Compatibility
    • We ask that you actively participate in discussions on the newsgroups and share your opinions with us and others

    Things you should know about Windows 7 and the beta program
    • The bits will be available in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish.
    • The beta is conducted in English (feedback / bug reports should be in English).
    • Availability will be via download only of the SP1 update. You will need access to a PC with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed
    • PCs that support and run Windows 7 should allow you to run Windows 7 SP1.
    • Servers that support and run Windows Server 2008 R2 should allow you to run Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    We appreciate your help in developing and releasing a high-quality Service Pack release for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, there will not be any free gift for participating in this program.

    Getting Started
    While the release is not quite available now, we know you are excited to get started so we have opened the newsgroups so you may begin renewing contacts with previous participants as well as meeting new testing peers. After accepting the invitation, you will be able to sign into Microsoft Connect and go to the “Windows 7 SP1 Beta” for more information on the newsgroups.

    The team would like to thank you in advance for helping make this our best SP release to date and we look forward to your validation!
    Regards,
    The Windows Customer Connection Team

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