Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 Now Available

The Redmondians at Microsoft have finally opened the sluicegates on Beta 2 of their oft-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and your intrepid reporting team at Gizmodo jumped all over it, trying to score a copy this morning. That's right, Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available to The Great Unwashed, but that availability is only theoretical, because the site was so crammed with eager Beta volunteers, it couldn't be downloaded.

Then when we tried to order a $10 DVD containing the software, it completely confounded our usually-perfect Firefox browsers, not letting us enter key pieces of data. "No, Gizmodo! No soup for you!" cried Microsoft's download nazi. Even though we hear Beta 2 sucks, it's nice to know Vista's available to the rest of us, even if it's only in an unfinished, patched-together, impossible-to-get version. Isn't it?

Try your luck—download here [Microsoft]