1 million Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads in day one.
Microsoft has launched a beta version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) for consumers to install and try out.
Microsoft has earlier released Windows 8 developer preview which was targeted to developers, so it was very less downloaded by consumers, with the release of Windows 8 Consumer preview the consumers have started using it and the iniitial reactions of consumers are coming. Microsoft even asked people on our Facebook Page to share views about the this release. According to the initial reactions from consumers it seems that many people aren’t liking the new interface. People say that they weren’t able to shift from metro view to desktop, unable to close the opened apps and some guys even have a problem of shutting down Windows. Further according to the reactions it may not be as successful if same user interface is kept for business release. Consumers are also complaining about the start orb and they aren’t able to view all the apps at once as they used to view in earlier versions.
The OS has generated considerable buzz in technology forum as it is seen as the technology giant's foray into creating a unified OS experience across platforms — desktop, tablets and mobile.
The look and the feel of the Windows 8 operating system have been making the rounds on online technology forums for some months now. The ‘tiles' start-up screen, which has already been seen on Windows Mobile 7.5 OS phones and has won kudos, returns on the Windows 8.0. Apart from that, other improvements in design border on the minimalistic trend that has become the industry watchword for interface design over the past decade. With the beta release, consumers will be able to download the ‘pre-release' OS onto their systems. On their blog, www.windowsteamblog.com, he Microsoft team urges only advanced users to try out the beta as there are bound to be some bugs and glitches. Kent Walter of the Windows team writes: “If you're used to running pre-release (beta) software, you're OK with a little troubleshooting. If you don't mind doing a few technical tasks here and there, then you'll probably be OK giving the Windows 8 Consumer Preview a spin.”
Basic system requirements to run Windows 8 consumer preview
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (for the 32 bit version)/ 2 GB RAM (64 bit)
- 16 GB hard-disk space (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1 or higher driver
- Minimum screen resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels.
The operating system will feature a new Apps (application) store featuring winners of the Windows 8 First App Contest that Microsoft ran for developers. All the Apps featured in consumer preview will be available for free. Paid apps are expected to be made available once the finished OS is released for retail.
- The Windows Store
- Xbox Live Connect service
- Semantic Zoom
- Running app stack gesture/mouse to top left corner
- Smoother transition to Desktop
- Mouse to move Metro start tiles on Start
- Spell checker across the system
- No More Start Button
- Close app by dragging down
- Screen Capture—Windows Key + PrtSC (exist b4?)
- Re-sizable virtual Thumb keyboard
- New Apps—People, Music, Mail, Messaging, SkyDrive
- Picture password
For Download : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download
For Preview : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview