Windows 8 will be next major release from Microsoft. Yesterday at BUILD conference Microsoft showcased amazing features of Windows 8 and also made available Windows 8 Developer Preview version. You can now download Windows 8 Developer Preview and test it. At developer focused BUILD conference Microsoft showcased detailed preview of next major release codenamed “Windows 8” which is expected to released next year.

Windows 8 Features-

Windows 8 is coming with many exciting new features and touch based Metro user interface. Metro UI works with touch screen computer, tablets and traditional keyboard and mouse. Internet Explorer 10 will come along Windows 8, which will give fluid touch internet experence. Windows 8 will have Metro style applications and these apps can communicate with each other. Using SkyDrive we will be able to access our documents, pictures, files etc. from anywhere using browsers or using the Metro style applications. Windows 8 will introduce “Windows Store” where developers can sell applications, games easily to users.

Windows 8 will run on ARM chipsets that means we can expect many Windows 8 based tablets PC in coming years. Windows 8 will reduce memory footprint, so it will not have any problem running on older hardware. There are much more features coming in Windows 8. Check out these amazing screenshots of Windows 8-

 Windows 8 Screenshots-

Windows 8 start screen
Windows 8 photo picker
Windows 8 Virtual Keyboard
Windows 8 Thumb Keyboard
Windows 8 lockscreen

You can now download Windows 8 Developer Preview version for free. Please note that this Windows 8 Developer Preview version does not contain all features showcased in BUILD conference like  Windows Store, Windows Live Metro style apps, and some of the user interface features. Windows 8 beta is will be released later this year.

Windows 8 Developer Preview 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
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview [Direct Links]

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) (4.8 GB)

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) (3.6 GB)

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) (2.8 GB)

Windows 8 Developer Preview guide [PDF]


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