Not everyone saw it coming… nothing came in Office 2007 for testers but Vista was always a hell of a lot bigger than Office 2007. Windows Vista released to manufacturing last week, and MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers could get it… and those with Volume Licensing access… and now fellow testers can!
If you’re a Vista tester, Windows Vista Business (by default, Ultimate if you ask for it) is yours – check your email account associated with your Connect profile. If you qualify (if, that is) then you’ll get a free copy in form of a unique Connect invitation to a new sub-page with the build on. You must have submitted one bug at least to get a free copy and be on the technical beta.
You can activate the copy of Vista unlimited times on one machine (not entirely sure how the licensing thing works, just going off internal sources). Anyway, those who have contributes certainly deserve it – enjoy your reward
Update: Due to the load from Connect, MSDN, TechNet, etc. the X64 images have been removed.Â If you have already begun a download, you will be able to finish, but no new X64 downloads will be permitted until the load has lessened. Additionally,Â the Vista teamÂ willÂ be intermittently stopping new downloads for periods of time when the servers reach capacity.Â
On a side note: Remember the last time that the Connect servers were having this much trouble at the Beta 2 Launch? Well,Â the connect sercersÂ are currently seeing ~2.5x the traffic that we did for Beta 2.Â No wonder Connect is suffering.