Beta leak sends Windows 7 searches soaring
By Barry Collins
Posted on 2 Jan 2009 at 14:48
The arrival of Windows 7 beta code on file-sharing sites has resulted in rocketing interest in the next-generation operating system on search engines.
Google Trends reveals that the volume of searches for "Windows 7" has more than doubled since the code was leaked on to BitTorrent and other file-sharing services a few days ago.
Perhaps worryingly for Microsoft, piracy hotspots such as Vietnam, Russia and China are among the regions making the most Windows 7 searches, according to the Google Trends stats.
The leaked beta is also the most popular software download in the Pirate Bay's Top 100 at the time of publication.
The Windows 7 beta is expected to form the cornerstone of Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
It doesn't appear to have any significant new features that weren't already unveiled by Microsoft at its Professional Developers Conference last October. However, it does boast the new Taskbar interface, which was missing from the pre-beta builds handed out to journalists and developers at PDC.
For a rundown of the 30 best features in Windows 7, buy this month's PC Pro magazine - on sale now
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- CeBit 2014 diary: Cameron comes to town
- The 5 most interesting UK businesses at SXSW
- Quickest way to upload 1GB? Hop on a train
- Move over Delia: IBM Watson is cooking tonight
- Eric Schmidt on the double-edged smartphone: friend and foe
- Getty joins the race to the bottom
- Hour of Code: five steps to learn how to code
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: first look
- Sony Xperia Z2 review: first look
- Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 review: first look
- Headings vs headers: how to use both in Word
- Windows Server 2012 R2: how the Datacenter edition could change SMBs
- Invoices and VAT: how to set up your documents correctly
- Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: the best phone for avoiding screen burn
- How much is a social user worth?
- The key to choosing a secure password
- Thunderbolt Bridge: a fast Mac migration tool
- Should you advertise on Twitter?
- How to track a lost smartphone
- Self-publishing success: the best way to sell your book