Microsoft just announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.\u00a0 This beta version of Windows 8 is the latest build and Microsoft wants the public to take it for a spin.\u00a0 Windows 8 is different from Windows 7 in that it is optimized for tablet as much as it is designed for desktop use. \u00a0According 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. \u00a0To see a more complete list of Windows 8 features, go\u00a0here. httpvh:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vjDYQmQ-phX8 The Windows 8 preview is available for\u00a0download\u00a0at\u00a0http:\/\/preview.windows.com. \u00a0Here are the\u00a0system requirements\u00a0for Windows 8 in case you want to know if your current setup will be compatible with the new OS. Windows 8 System Requirements \t1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor \t1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) \t16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) \tDirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver \tTaking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch Windows\u00a08 Consumer Preview\u00a0is a pre-release software so it may be substantially modified before it\u2019s commercially released. \u00a0Microsoft makes no warranties as to product features and functionality and the OS may require additional hardware or software. \u00a0The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages.