Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the beta availability of the Windows 7 operating system as well as the availability of the latest version of the Windows Live, a suite of personal communications services and applications at the keynote address at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The beta version is available for download today for MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers.
Users who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it beginning Jan. 9 at Windows 7 home page. Another announcement at the CES 09 was the availability of global availability of Windows Live, a free suite of communications and sharing applications.
There is also Facebook integration with Windows Live, in the coming months, Facebook users can choose to share content they post on Facebook, including photos, directly into Windows Live.
Detailed information on downloading and installing Windows 7 is available on Window 7 blog. Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1st, 2009. Also Windows 7 Beta will be only available in one edition, which is roughly equivalent the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista.
More details on CES 2009 is available here.