Windows 8 Dev Preview!

So this will be a short post as this has already been known two days ago, but now you can download Windows 8! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516 I am downloading it now and hopefully put up a full blog post about what it feels like since my total time on windows 8 is about 5 minutes.

What’s going to be majorly different is the Start button will be the start of a GUI, you can turn this off, but I assume more people will like this as it includes big buttons and cool iPhone feel. Or Windows Phone feel might be the proper word. Here’s a pict from a PDF about Windows 8, Link below.

This preview is meant for developers to start working on Windows 8 to make sure their apps work properly with the new system. Also as you may have noticed, MS wants their OS to be used on Tablets as well, might work.

Also more info on a detailed PDF here http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/E/4/1E455D53-C382-4A39-BA73-55413F183333/Windows_Developer_Preview-Windows8_guide.pdf 

But keep in mind this is beta software so buggy and imperfect, not to different from the real thing, but a good preview indeed. There are 32 and 64bit versions. But you will need the 64bit version if you actually plan to develop something on Windows 8. Also these are for clean installs only, no upgrades from 7.

System Requirements

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 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
  • Cray Super Computer
  • Toaster
  • The ENIAC
  • Gameboy
  • and of course, overpriced Macintosh computers
 So get it now, try it on a spare machine or a virtual if you can! (PS this does not work under virtualbox yet, but some have gotten it in VMware 32bit only) I have to work now so later! By the way if you like Windows so much like I do, you may want to watch the key note speech introducing Windows 8. http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/KEY-0001(update #4)
Quotes from the Speech. “Things are a lot  different today like from say 1995, the last time Windows went a pretty significant bold overhaul.”
“I promise you we did not lose sight of fundamentals”  
Unlike Vista, they improved upon it’s heaviness and made it lighter than Windows 7! Supposedly.  Also Includes Picture Password, phone touch style password. Try forgetting your password now! But all in all, they really reworked it for touch interface as I saw in the first 20 minutes. Not bad, thanks for keeping up MS.
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