Microsoft Windows is taking a stab at the tablet and touch market by launching the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the public. This version of Windows is very focused on touch devices like tablets and other computers that might include hand controlling components that allow users to swipe with their fingers and size with their fingertips.
February 29th, 2012 marks the day the Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version. Many users are demoing their experience in live video walk throughs. We are providing some of the most popular Windows 8 walkthroughs to give you an idea of what you can expect.
The old start menu that you were use to is now completely different and is arranged in tiles in a mosaic formation that is dubbed as the Metro design. The entire operation system and start menu now allows you to control it by touch and finger swiping if you have the correct devices installed.
Speed is a main focus with this new Windows 8 release as well. The speed of Windows 8 Consumer Preview is down to 8 seconds load time from a cold boot up. Mr. Steven Sinofsky, the President of Microsoft’s Windows division said this about Windows 8, “It’s beautiful, it’s modern, it’s fast, it’s fluid. Windows 8 is a generational change in the windows operating system.” If you’re wondering how to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview just click the link below and you’ll be on your way.
You can download your own copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the download location on Microsoft’s website at:
If you’re worried that you’ll have to use your computer through just touch, don’t worry, you’ll be able to switch back and forth quite easily. If you want to use the standard keyboard and mouse it’s a fluid system that goes back and forth between the two. This is definitely a generational change for Windows and will lay the risk on Steve Ballmer whether he will remain running Microsoft, many believe.
Watch these videos demoing the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview and then download a copy yourself and try it out:
Description of this video:
Windows 8 is clearly a tablet and touch-first operating system — but like it or not, it will be installed on desktop PCs, too. This video documents my interesting experience with Windows 8 on the desktop, with a keyboard and mouse.
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