In other news, Windows 7 6801 users can now download version 3 of the “Blue Badge” tool, which not only enables an early version of the Windows 7 super bar and the desktop slideshow, but also enables “aero peek”, giving you a view of the desktop by making other windows transparent.
Windows 7 6965 users don’t need to bother with the Blue Badge tool as all of the hidden features are already enabled, but some 6801 users are happy to stay where they are and not upgrade as yet, especially given the real beta’s imminent arrival.
There was also news that Windows 7 6933 or 6936 had also leaked onto torrent sites, which still needs the Blue Badge tool to unlock the hidden features, but with 6956 available plenty of people aren’t bothering with older releases but going for the latest and greatest instead.
Microsoft’s other “big” product is its Office Suite, and as ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley notes , there hasn’t been much noise from Microsoft about it yet, aside from a planned 2009 release.
Unsurprisingly, this seems to dovetail nicely with the (unofficially announced) yet planned 2009 release for Windows 7.
So, if you’re keen to legally try out the Windows 7 beta, there’s not long to go, with the beta due anytime between January 7 and January 13, at which time Microsoft’s servers will be melting down with millions of simultaneous 2GB+ .ISO downloads.
I don’t know about you, but January 7 and the latest jig from the world’s best Monkey Dancer can’t come soon enough!