Finally, Microsoft had shown appreciation to Windows 7 beta testers, and announced a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition for the invited beta testers (not the public beta testers). “Over the last 7 months you’ve participated in chats, live meetings and newsgroups as well as reported bugs to help us find and fix many issues. To recognize your outstanding contribution to the product we’re pleased to offer you a complimentary copy of Windows 7 for your personal use. All current members of our English technical and international mini-beta programs are eligible. We’re offering you a full (non-upgrade) copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition for your own personal use, not to be resold. You’ll be able to get access to your copy one of two ways:”
“A) To get up and running quickly you’ll be able to download your copy and get your product key via Microsoft Connect. English downloads will be available August 6th and other languages will follow as they become available.
B) Members of English beta program’ve an alternative. We’ve reserved a limited amount of boxed retail copies that you can choose to receive instead. These’re ‘first come, first served’. If you opt to’ve us ship you the boxed copy you should be aware that it’ll take much longer until you’ll be up and running on the final version. We’ll need time to manufacture and ship the copies to you. This means that you may not receive them until they’re available on shelves October 22nd or later.[…],” announced Paul on .Beta_Program newsgroup