Windows 7 Enterprise Edition is for corporate and business customers. It can only be activated via volume activation methods such as KMS host (Key Management Server) or MAK (Multiple Activation Key). Microsoft is now offering a 90 day trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise version for download. This release will provide a means to have the final released code for evaluation and testing. This evaluation release is specifically intended for IT professionals responsible for desktop administration.
Windows 7 Enterprise is almost equivalent to Windows 7 Ultimate in terms of features. For example, when comparing with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Enterprise features DirectAccess for seamless access to corporate networks by mobile users without a need to VPN, BranchCache to speed up file downloading across branches network, Federated Search for remote repositories inclusion in search, BitLocker plus BitLocker To Go, AppLocker to specify what software is allowed to run on a user’s PC through centrally managed but flexible Group Policies, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) optimization with with multimon, microphone and ability to boot from VHD (virtual hard disk) support, and Multilingual User Interface (MUI). Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Enterprise is also able to manage a single TV guide containing both standard and digital high definition TV shows.
Windows 7 Enterprise trial edition is released mainly for the purpose of trial and evaluation for IT Professionals who do not yet have access to Windows 7 RTM through one of the following means, according to Springboard Series blog, to allow IT professionals to test their applications, hardware and deployment strategies with final Windows 7 bits.
- Through a Software Assurance Volume License agreement
- Through MSDN and TechNet subscriptions
- Through Software Assurance agreements allowing the download of Windows 7 RTM via the Volume Licensing Download Center.
Things to remember before you download the Evaluation version:
- A limited number of licenses are available, or only through March 31, 2010, so the download will only be available while supplies last.
- Following the 90 day evaluation period, IT Pros who wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications.
- Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 90-Day Trial is the final Released-to-Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 Enterprise Edition. This is the same software that is available to Volume Licensing (VL) through Software Assurance (SA) and is feature-complete.
- Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
- Activation of Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is required within 10 days after installation, or the product will shut down every hour. Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is valid for 90 days after installation. After expiration, your computer will shut down every hour.