Microsoft releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows8 CP Microsoft releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has released a consumer preview of Windows 8, the next version of its popular operating system, giving people a sneak peek at what is to come and letting them help iron out any kinks before its expected release later this year.

Microsoft has released a consumer preview of Windows 8, the next version of its popular operating system, giving people a sneak peek at what is to come and letting them help iron out any kinks before its expected release later this year.

 
The Redmond, Washington-based firm previously released a Developer Preview last September to more than three million developers throughout the world, but now many more people can get their hands on a pre-release version of Windows 8 to see what it has to offer.
 
“With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. “The Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings a no-compromises approach to using your PC.”
 
 
This latest preview version features significant improvements over the Developer Preview, including performance tweaks and changes that increase quality and reliability. While not a finished product, it's considerably closer  to what we'll be using to replace Windows 7 in the future.
 
The Consumer Preview showcases many of the unique features of Windows 8, such as its secure boot, fast boot, and Metro touch interface for tablet computers. It also gives people a first look at a beta version of the Windows Store, which contains a variety of Metro apps, Internet Explorer 10, and the operating system's integration with Microsoft's cloud services.
 
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available immediately in English, French, German, Japanese, and simplified Chinese. Users can download it here.