Microsoft recently made the latest and bestest Windows 8 version, Consumer Preview, available for downloading. If you want to experience the upcoming Windows 8 this early, or simply want something different on your laptop, the Windows 8 is for you.
Windows 8 is characterized by the Metro style theme found in Windows Phones and this should translate well for touchscreen devices. It’s really a refreshing look but if you want to go hardcore or you feel disoriented with the new UI, there’s still the option to switch to the familiar Desktop view.
I highly recommend watching this demo video of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
Really nice huh? I think it will really change the way we do or see computing. Microsoft really did a bang up job marrying the tablet and desktop experience in one platform even though the gestures for the touch devices strongly remind me of the BB PlayBook.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
Take note for netbook owners who wants to run this, to access the Windows Store, download and run apps, a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 is required.
To download, simply head to the Windows 8 Download page and get your Setup file. Here are the file sizes you will be dealing with but download resume is supported.
- Setup file ““ 5MB
- 32-bit Windows 8 Consumer Preview ““ 1.5GB
- 64-bit Windows 8 Consumer Preview ““ 1.9GB
For more information, I suggest reading the FAQs Microsoft prepared.
Anybody tried this release yet? Do share how the installation went for you and how the new OS feels like.