Microsoft has a history of giving out free software licenses to techies that attend the company’s conferences. Now the company is upping its game by not only giving TechEd Australia participants a pre-release copy of Windows 7… but it’ll be installed on a complimentary HP Mini 2140 netbook.
Of course, you’ll have to pay a pretty hefty fee to get in the door in the first place. Registration for the conference will set you back $1,999 Australian, although you can save $300 by registering before July 14th.
The conference runs September 8th through 11th, which means the netbooks will probably be running Windows 7 RC or possibly RTM. But the full version of Windows 7 won’t be available to the public until October 22nd. Attendees will be able to use the netbooks throughout the conference to keep notes and communicate with one another and the outside world. At the end of the conference, participants will have the option of keeping the netbook or returning it.