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Microsoft just announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  This beta version of Windows 8 is the latest build and Microsoft wants the public to take it for a spin.  Windows 8 is different from Windows 7 in that it is optimized for tablet as much as it is designed for desktop use.  According to Microsoft, with Windows 8, it reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one.

Watch this video to see some of the features of Windows 8.  To see a more complete list of Windows 8 features, go here.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDYQmQ-phX8

The Windows 8 preview is available for download at http://preview.windows.com.  Here are the system requirements for Windows 8 in case you want to know if your current setup will be compatible with the new OS.

Windows 8 System Requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a pre-release software so it may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released.  Microsoft makes no warranties as to product features and functionality and the OS may require additional hardware or software.  The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages.

2 Comments

  1. Tronjheim79, I agree with you.. it’s more ideal and futuristic than bada or android (atleast for me). I can’t wait for it to run on my future laptop hahaha.

  2. Tronjheim79 Reply

    I imagine this great on a tablet, but on a desktop or a notebook? Navigating it on my MBP is still confusing. I like all the Metro. The file explorer doesn’t seem to be touch-optimized… And the calendar app needs week view. OS X is still better as desktop/notebook OS IMO, but this looks promising nonetheless – on a tablet. 

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