Windows Vista Beta 2 - biggest download event ever

Posted on Monday, June 12 2006 @ 8:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft says the demand for Windows Vista Beta 2 has been huge. They have hit the ceilings on bandwidth and are serving out product keys ten times faster than they can serve the downloads.

They claim they are pumping out the bits as fast as they can, if they pushed them any faster there would be a measurable impact for the Internet:
We are pumping out bits as fast as we can. If we pushed out bits any faster there would be a measurable impact for the Internet. So, we are literally saying that if we increased our bandwidth any further there's a possibility of taking down the Internet - people might have problems with World Cup viewing, etc. That would be bad. So, it isn't that we weren't anticipating demand - we were and are - it is that we are at the threshold of what the Internet can bear. >
More details over at Longhorn Blogs.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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