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 Feb 26, 2009 - 12:26 PM - by Michael
* MS not listening to beta testers?

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Sad news - a lot of Windows 7 beta testers are not convinced MS is really listening to their feedback:

Meanwhile, some testers are getting feedback from Microsoft, though it's not necessarily all that welcome. The beta edition is subject to Vista-style activation requirements: after three days without activation, users get a reminder every four hours until the 30th day, on which there's a reminder every hour.

After this there are frequent reminders designed to be even more annoying, and the desktop switches to a plain black background (supposedly designed to embarrass users when other people see the copy is not activated). Naturally, users won't -- in theory at least -- be able to activate a pirated copy of the final release.
Yeesh. Activation is one of the worst "features" of WinXP on upwards. The heavier they make it, the less likely I am to want to use the OS.

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