Today, Microsoft officially released the first beta version of Windows 7, the successor to Vista, which has gotten largely positive reviews so far and personally, I think that the features look promising.
However, they did make a mistake today when they decided to have a limited release direct download from their website, which brought down their servers. Now, Microsoft is a big company with vast resources, but corralling a rush of downloads to a particular timeframe for a sizable 2.4 GB download was apparently too much for even their servers.
Now, I would suggest that they use BitTorrent, as that would move some of the bandwidth load to those downloading the software. I realize that as a proprietary software company, Microsoft has relied on income mechanisms that BitTorrent has undermined, but if Microsoft wants to remain a relevant player on the Internet, it should acquaint itself with tools that competitors such as Ubuntu have found.
If the improvements reported in Windows 7 are any indication, Microsoft has been developing a culture of introspection that has helped it correct some of the mistakes made with Vista which has taxed it’s brand image. It think it’s time that Microsoft applies that same culture to its methods of distribution.