Curse You, Microsoft

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I've been trying to download Microsoft's public beta 2 for Windows Vista for the past couple of days with no success. I've have downloaded over half of the 3GB file three times over the past several days. It really pisses me off to be around 60% finished with only a couple hours to go, when the connection with the server gets lost due to heavy traffic.

You'd think that a multi-billion dollar company such as Microsoft would have an ample amount of servers available to handle the demand. According to Microsoft's website:
We are experiencing extremely high download demand at this time. The wait time to start the download is very long and many customers may be unable to access the download site.
Extremely high download demand? No kidding! Everyone is dying to see if you've actually developed a decent product or if this is going to suck goose eggs like your other operating systems.

As a solution, Microsoft recommends that users order their beta 2 CD, which can be shipped (for a fee) in a matter of weeks. Oh, great. Now I'm supposed to pay for shipping and wait for over a month in order to get a product which is otherwise available for free on the internet (or is it?). Not to mention that I will be in London for the summer, so if the disk arrives, it will be sitting in my P.O. Box collecting dust until I return.

And while I'm at it, curse you, Wanadoo, as well, for your abismally slow download speeds. I don't care if there is a demand in Jordan or not; just offer the option of something faster than 1MB/s.


Blogger jameed said...

over half of the 3GB? that's much better than the 1% i downloaded after 2 days of "screw you our valued user. we have so much demand on the download so you won;t be able to download it"

anyway, windows is not booting now so it is not not such a big deal.

6/12/2006 4:33 AM  
Blogger Moey said...

try other mirrored sites or irc groups, i bet it's somewhere on dcc..

anyways, wanadoo sucks try tedata.
they're much better.

6/12/2006 6:41 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

I was finally able to get the entire thing downloaded, but I was forced to use Internet Explorer and their 3rd party download manager. Now I have a brand new Mac Book Pro just waiting to dual boot the new Windows Vista beta.

6/12/2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger adel said...

micro$oft sucks!

6/20/2006 12:47 PM  

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