The trial, available for download online now, will last 90 days and provides IT professionals with the opportunity “to test their applications, hardware and deployment strategies with final Windows 7 bits.
It is intended for workers responsible for desktop administration, Microsoft said. It is aimed at those who are currently working with the release candidate (RC) version of Windows 7 because they do not have access to the RTM via a software assurance license agreement or via MSDN or TechNet.
The enterprise trial is the RTM version of Windows 7, and is feature-complete.
The offer is limited and will be available while supplies last, Rose said. It is available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Users must activate the trial within 10 days of downloading or the product will shut down every hour.
After the 90-day trial ends, the computer where the Windows 7 Enterprise trial is installed will shut down every hour. IT professionals will then have to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications, to continue using the OS.