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Moments ago in Barcelona, we announced the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, available to download now for anyone interested in trying it out. We've been hard at work for many months now, and while we still have lots more to do, we're excited to show you our progress with the latest preview of the new operating system. I'm a writer on the Windows team, and over the next few weeks, I'll be publishing a series of posts here on the Windows Experience Blog about what you can expect to see in Windows 8, tips for navigating the new operating system, and all the great new ways to have fun and get things done in this preview of a brand new Windows.
Some things you should know before installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Before you start the download, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, this is a prerelease operating system
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Windows 8 supports up to five simultaneous touch points, so if your hardware doesn’t, you may find typing on the onscreen keyboard and using certain controls more of a challenge.Ugh - I'm not buying new hardware again and I'm not buying an OS that is challenging to work with a mouse. I will always use a mouse on my PC because I need pixel-precise control of my pointer and a touchpad is more cumbersome when you need that kind of control. I find using the trackapd on my Mac takes more time, causes more fatigue, and way more frustration than my mouse does.
Great interface for a Tablet or Smart phone. Really stupid interace for desktop or laptop. NOT anything I would use. Not professional or for business use. Give me a way to hide the Metro Interface.
I have used Windows since Windows 286 and this is the first time I feel Microsoft has really let down the business community. Time to consider looking at alternative OS solutions.
Are you still able to work on your Wins7, or XP OS?No but you can partition aoff an area for testing. I should have done this and suggest if u do get it to partition it off from the main system.
How does the install work? Dual boot?
Are you still able to work on your Wins7, or XP OS?
Uh.. they're HTMl5 videos.. you can right click and save the mp4's if you want.
Why would I want to do that?
Easy access means no more complicated for the user (you know, the prospective customer) than something like embedding a youtube video with a play button.
Requiring anything beyond that is arrogant, my way or the highway marketing thinking, in other words stupid.
its pretty much phone and tab.
thats why I say it looks like MS chased apple 50 miles down a 2 mile road.