Win 7 RC bogged down - Twitter's going wild

Twitter is alight with people complaining that although Windows 7 RC is now available for download to developers - you can't log on - and if you can't log on, you can't download.

Twitter is alight with people complaining - nothing new there. But they're complaining that although Windows 7 RC is now available for download to developers on the Microsoft Developers Network, the Microsoft Developers Network isn't working. You can't log on - and if you can't log on, you can't download.

Normally, one would suspect some sort of download overload: everyone eager to get a piece of the action and plain old bandwidth getting in the way. But apparently not: reports from people with good contacts within MS say that today was also the day someone in MSDN decided to install some new authorization code. Which didn't work.

Whether this is true or not, I cannot say. It certainly sounds plausible. But what is undoubtedly true is that the ravening hoards of developers are not to be denied, and even the shiniest, most law-abiding of them are going to the torrents to get their code.

Hm. Downloading a brand-new free operating system over BitTorrent? Who says Microsoft hasn't learned anything from open source?

This article was originally posted on ZDNet UK.