Steve Ballmer finally announced and presented Windows 7 Beta, available as an ISO image in English, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi, in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (except Hindi which will only be available in 32-bit). Once downloaded, you will be required to burn the ISO image to a DVD to install Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Beta only supports Windows Vista SP1 to Windows 7 upgrades. So if you intend to do an upgrade – be sure it is on a PC running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. We are not yet announcing anything regarding finalized upgrade paths for Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Beta will be only available in one edition, which is roughly equivalent the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista.
Technical Resource: If you are an IT Professional, you can visit the Springboard Series for Windows 7 on TechNet (see the Windows 7 tab) on January 9th to sign up for the Windows 7 Beta but also can also get access to dynamic resources including video walkthroughs and the new Windows 7 forums. Another awesome place to get great content is Channel 9, and specifically, Windows 7 on Channel 9. Obviously, Windows Development Center on MSDN is also a good place for Windows 7 technical content. You can also go to DevReadiness - a developer community site dedicated to assisting the Windows ISV ecosystem develop high quality applications for new versions of the platform.
If you want to see Windows 7 in action – check out these videos on Windows.com!
For a more in-depth view of Windows 7 and how it will impact your day-to-day work, take a look at the feature articles on the Springboard Series, "First Look at Windows 7 for IT Professionals," and "Ten Things IT Professionals Should Know About Windows 7.”
If you are interested in getting even more involved, the Windows Feedback Program is your chance to directly influence future versions of the Windows operating system.
Download: This Friday Jan9th it will be publicly available for download from Windows 7 homepage. If you are MSDN Subscriber, you can download Windows 7 Beta right now! Also, another important thing to keep in mind is that the Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1st, 2009.
More info: Full Press Release