Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available for Download

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>> Thursday, March 1, 2012

If you have suffered a lot of curiosity and want to try the new version of the Windows operating system released by, know that the download of Consumer Preview Windows 8 is already available online. Certainly there are faced with the final version of the Microsoft operating system 2012, however, you can preview what are the essential features of the operating system and test it in a concrete way the new Windows 8.

The new graphical interface of Windows 8 is the element that affects more than any other when you meet for the first time with the Consumer Preview distributed at this time. The new "Metro" is going to replace the old desktop full of icons, divided into logical areas the order of the applications and makes a click (or "tap" with your fingers) the number of features that can be accessed.

After the presentation at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft is delivering the expected public beta of Windows 8. The ISO file you try to preview the new operating system due out after the summer, focusing on the boxes that the user interface Metro Store and download applications from the Windows saves the data on the cloud SkyDrive.

Windows 8 Star Page, called Metro Screen

Many features have already been shown by various blog posts Microsoft in recent months, but the Consumer Preview Windows 8 introduces further changes from the Developer Preview. In the management of the Metro UI, which lets you browse, zoom and drag the pieces, the emphasis is on interaction via touch screen, but our engineers promise you total control with the mouse-gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

Four "Hot Corner" share the work of the old menu associated with the start button. Managing resources, connections, and other search settings "classic" come out the arrow pointing in one of the four corners of the screen. One of these angles summarizes open applications using the thumbnail.

The installation includes a preview of the browser Internet Explorer 10, adapted to the interface Metro, who dedicated the entire screen to the web page. Entries and navigational commands remain hidden until it makes a gesture with your finger or the mouse.

He also debut a preliminary version of the online shop. The only app available in this first phase are free.

The download includes beta versions of 32 and 64 bits. The minimum requirements for running the OS does not demand the moon: it is about 1 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of free space on hard disk. As known, the operating system is designed to run on computers with x86/x64 processors, but also on the tablet devices based on ARM chips.

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