BBC NEWS | Technology | MS Windows 7 goes on public test
A release candidate of Windows 7, the next major release of the world's most popular operating system, goes public in trial form in the next week.
Microsoft is hoping it can avoid the negative press that surrounded the launch of Vista, the last major Windows release, almost three years ago.
Windows 7 has been designed to be compatible with Vista so users do not have to invest in new hardware.
A commercial release of Windows 7 is expected in the next nine months.