The beta version of Windows 7, Microsoft’s next-generation PC operating system is now available.  Microsoft announced the news at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) on January 7th 2009 in Las Vegas.    

Windows 7 Beta can be downloaded from MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers. Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it beginning Jan. 9 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7.

For further information on Windows 7, refer to the Windows 7 Team Blog, or listen to the key-note speach from the CES below.