Windows 7 made available to everyone

Microsoft has said it won't limit downloads of its Windows 7 Beta release to 2.5 million copies, as planned, after demand crashed its site.

In the event, Windows 7 Beta was released on 10 January, a day later than planned, because Microsoft needed the time to add 'more infrastructure and servers' to cope with demand.

The BBC reports that the unlimited download period will last for two weeks.

After that, the 2.5 million download limit will be reinstated, though it looks likely to be surpassed by then anyway.

Microsoft is encouraging those with Microsoft Developer Network access or TechNet accounts to download the software through their subscriptions, to avoid the congestion on its public sites, the BBC added.