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Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live announced

09 January 2009

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Microsoft has released the beta version of Windows 7.

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said that focus of the latest version of the operating system has been to "deliver simplicity and reliability".

The beta version of Windows 7, can be downloaded by MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers.

Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it from 9 January at .

Microsoft also announced the global availability of Windows Live, a free suite of communications and sharing applications.

Windows Live makes it easy for people to communicate, share and keep their online lives in sync and in one place with one login.

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