I'm sure that anyone really interested in the public release of Microsoft's newest beta OS is already aware of the fiasco it turned into.
Having once blown the release of a public beta (remember Longhorn?), I'd have thought that MS would be ready for this one but alas, it was not to be.
Even semi-savvy users such as myself realized that the .iso images were not going to be the issue (that what torrents are for), the Holy Grail was going to be the activation keys, which MS limited to 2.5 million.
Easy and widespread availability of auto-refresh apps (like Firefox's C4C) guaranteed that the MS servers would get hammered hard- which indeed happened- and MS was obviously unprepared.
Even worse is the total lack of info available since the servers went down.
No one knows the status of the delivery program, MS has had the same bland disclaimer up on the site since early yesterday afternoon so naturally, rumors abound (all unfounded to this point) and Microsoft looks increasingly inept as time after their deadline passes.
Did anyone successfully grab a key?