So now that we know Vista will cost an arm and a leg, who wants to give a pre-release version a spin? For a limited time only, Microsoft will be offering downloads of a pre-RC1 build of its latest (and greatest, no doubt) operating system to seemingly anybody, no special developers members only secret hand shake required.

Granted, this version found its way on to the Internet last week, but at least Redmond is giving its blessing to it this time. Reaction to it has been mostly positive thus far, but it's still perhaps not as good as a certain other operating system.

Download Page [Microsoft via The Register]