Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will be extending the Windows 7 Enterprise edition trial till the end of this year In an apparent bid to increase the adoption of the operating system amongst corporate and enterprise clients by allowing them to try the OS for free.
Initially launched in September last year as a “limited-period” offer, the trial period of Windows 7 Enterprise edition was intended to end on 31st March 2010. It has now been extended till 31st December, quoted Stephen Rose, the company’s Windows community manager, in a blog post.
“Due to popular demand, the Windows Enterprise Trial program has been extended. This means you now have till December 31, 2010 to download and evaluate the trial version”, Stephen Rose wrote in a blog post.
The trial iteration allows IT administrators to examine the full functionality of the Enterprise version of the operating system for a period of 90 days, and it is particularly intended for the organisations that don’t have TechNet, MSDN, or other such volume licensing subscriptions.
Once the 90-day evaluation period is over, testers who wish to keep working with it would have to purchase and install it, because the Enterprise edition of the software isn’t available via retail channels.
Testers will have a 10-day period to activate the trial version of the operating system, after which they have to activate it every hour as the OS will shut down once in every hour. You can find out more about Windows 7 Enterprise here.