These are the fun blog posts for me—I get the honor of announcing the availability of a resource so many of you have been asking for—a Windows Enterprise Trial edition you can use to continue testing Windows 7 in your own environment is now available from the Springboard Series on TechNet!
Many IT pros we talk to have been looking for a way to continue their work with the Release Candidate to test their applications, hardware and deployment strategies with final Windows 7 bits. In response, we have created the Windows 7 Enterprise 90 Day trial edition, available beginning today.
This evaluation version is for IT Professionals who do not yet have access to Windows 7 RTM through one of the following means:
If you do not have access to licenses through one of the above means, this release will provide a means to have the final released code for evaluation and testing. This evaluation release is specifically intended for IT professionals responsible for desktop administration; consumers will be able to purchase Windows 7 on October 22, 2009
A few things to be aware of before you download the Evaluation code.
If you wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise please note that you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications. Please keep this in mind; Windows 7 Enterprise is not available through retail channels.
Click here to get the Windows 7 Enterprise evaluation download.
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It's refreshing to see Microsoft taking such a proactive approach toward the enterprise. Organizations still clinging to XP can evaluate Windows 7's performance and security benefits without making a financial commitment.
Great to see we get that businesses get a chance to try out the final version of Windows 7 before deployment, but what about us normal customers? Is there any news about a trial version of Home Premium or Ultimate for tech enthusiasts?