The initial release period for Windows Vista Beta 2 is now over, meaning that anyone can now go download it. As with all MS betas, it was initially release for MSDN/Technet members, and now is available for public download at Microsoft's site. Since many people want a chance to learn about what they can expect from Vista when it goes gold, this is a great way for them to try it out. It's a massive download, at over 3GB, and has a time limited functionality, but for many the chance to try it is worth it.