Microsoft has made Windows 8 Developer Preview available to those wishing to download it and install it on their PCs. Note that this is a Developer Preview (the key word being ‘developer‘) and as such is probably pretty unstable and rough around the edges. This is not even beta software, so a lot will likely change from this version to the next public release; indeed new builds are released internally each day at Microsoft, so this one is out of date (so to speak) already.
At any rate, you can download the ISO image it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516
It is available in 32 and 64 bit versions, English only. System requirements are:
- 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
- To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater
- You can’t uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.
- Keynote unveiling of Windows 8 by Steve Sinofsky: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/KEY-0001
- Windows 8: tour of Microsoft’s new look: http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/slideshow/window_8_developer/
- Why Windows 8 isn’t an iOS copycat
- A deep dive into Windows 8 Developer Preview
If you do download it and install it, please post your comments below. Thanks!