Update: This information refers to Beta 1, in other words, not the version that Microsoft makes available in November, according to Steve Ballmer at #SPC09.
I have been surprised at how long Microsoft has been able to keep the SharePoint 2010 beta download out of reach of the general public. I mean, the Office 2010 technical previews were available long before Microsoft made them available to the public, so why hasn’t the pirates gotten hold of SP 2010?
So, I can’t say I was surprised to learn that SharePoint Server 2010 Beta is now out in public and available in the wild. I thought I had my Google alerts set up properly, but apparently I did miss some search terms. I’ve also been way too busy to actually keep an eye out on the pirate sites of late.
In any case, several sites now list the SharePoint Server 2010 Beta build 4006, and since these site obviously are pirate sites, I’m not going to link to them. You’ll have to Google something to the tune of “Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta Build 4006 x64 WinBeta” to find a site that gives you the bits.
And, of course, you shouldn’t. Because Microsoft doesn’t want you to. And you should listen to Microsoft.
If you do decide, after this stern warning, not to listen to everything Microsoft says, feel free to check out my recent post on Installing SharePoint 2010.
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