Windows 8 Consumer Preview Released

Windows 8 Consumer Preview as well as Windows Server 8 beta and Visual Studio 11 beta [all the versions] were all released yesterday [February 29th]. I guess the Microsoft servers [actually, it would be other servers that are mirroring Microsoft servers] are probably in full bandwidth mode the last couple of days.

Most who read this will probably be looking at Windows 8 Consumer Preview [for the sake of this long title, I’ll use the acronym “CP” for the rest of this blog].

You would want to see what is new with the CP. I have mentioned a few before such as faster booting up [thanks to the quasi cheating of placing part of the OS into hibernation prior to shutdown], the new Metro interface [which reminds most of a smartphone and which can be switched to the Windows 7 look] and more applications using the ribbon found previously in applications such as Office 2007 and Office 2010.

Good news is that hardware requirements are similar to Windows 7. As a matter of fact, if your Windows 7 laptop, desktop or tablet is “designed” for Windows 7, it should work with Windows 8 without a hitch.

I suspect that pricing should be similar to that of Windows 7 – although the final editions haven’t been announced yet.

Professionals would probably install the CP on a computer that they can wipe out or maybe in a virtual machine. Home users [usually with a single computer] don’t have the option.

But a word of warning before you try the CP: This is a preview. It is not perfect and will have bugs in it. It has an expiry date [probably somewhere near the release of the software at the latest]. So you don’t want to upgrade your current OS to the CP. Do not install on your every day computer.

You can grab the CP images at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso as well as further information at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview

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