Microsoft's Windows Web site will be the place to go to get thelater on Friday. At the moment though, many users are encountering just error messages when they try to reach the site.
This was the message I got--"HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable." Is anyone out there getting through?
I have some calls in on this and will let you know what I hear back.
Microsoft'ssaid the company is aiming to have several million testers for the beta version. Microsoft has talked about having just a single beta of the product, followed by a release candidate version and then a final release. The company has been aiming to get it out this year, although Veghte said it .
Update at 9:05 a.m. PST: Microsoft recommends going directly to this link.
Update at 9:25 a.m. PST: All the sites appear to be working for me, though the beta still isn't up, but should still go up later in the day, I am told.