That could describe you as a Windows 7 beta tester. The official launch was announced just hours ago.
If you’re a TechNet subscriber you can get the goods now, yes today, right this minute! And if you’re an MSDN subscriber you can have at it too – you’ll notice a nifty new Windows 7 option on the Operating Systems group in the product list when you go to the Subscriber Downloads tab
If not, you’ll need to wait until
Friday, January 9th, at 3 p.m. ET
at which point the bits will be available… while supplies last. This is a download-only program (ISO image), so there is no physical media option (read a little further down for a remedy to that!).
This is also an unmanaged beta program, so *the* place to go for help will be the Windows 7 Beta Forums, and you’ll probably want to bookmark the Springboard Series blog for up-to-date announcements (including the public download links).
Not the gambling type?
You can also get a copy of Windows 7 on DVD! by attending the MSDN Developer Conference.
The New York and Boston venues are right around the corner (Jan 20th and Jan 22nd, respectively), and it will be a day well spent to spin up on a number of the technologies showcased at the Microsoft PDC last October — Windows Azure, Oslo, F#, SQL Data Services, ….
For $99 it’s a sound investment…. and did I mention you’ll get Windows 7 on DVD??