Today marks a turning point in Microsoft’s history. A new operating system. A new interface. A new direction, so to speak.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has just been released for you to try as what is called a “Consumer Preview”. It is a chance for you to install the operating system in a dual boot configuration, in a virtual machine, or directly on a machine you can play on without endangering your daily productivity! I’m downloading my copy now and you should too!
The biggest change will be the new primary (in most cases) user interface named Metro. Microsoft’s goal is to create a user interface that will transcend devices and provide familiarity to the user no matter what Microsoft based device they encounter. Be prepared for different, but please approach this with an open mind. Change is not always bad.
Windows 8 should function well on any computer currently running Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Windows 8 System Requirements are:
- 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
- To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
- To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
Downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit as well as English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview may be downloaded at Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview site.
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