Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Developer Preview, Promises Downloads Will Begin Next Week.

  • September 13, 2011 2:59 pm


Today officially kicked off Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference with a bang — the revealing of Windows 8 Developer Preview. The new preview is the most complete version of Redmond’s new OS to date and packs with it a slew of new UI enhancements and under-the-hood features begging to be tweaked by antsy developers. Speaking of which, Microsoft announced that starting next week within the next six hours the Windows 8 Developer Preview build shown off at BUILD will be available for developer download and public consumption soon after.

But besides the heavy handed UI changes throughout the OS, other changes such as a beta build of Internet Explorer 10 and ARM platform support will begin a new era for Microsoft and Windows.

Interested Windows geeks looking for more — much more — can hit up this link (PDF) to catch the full Windows 8 Developer Preview Guide or take a quick stroll through the official Windows 8 Fact Sheet (PDF).

From the looks of things Windows 8 will certainly be a love it/hate it approach to computing. We’re easily amused and adjust to changes rather quickly. Some of Microsoft’s older/business/traditional users may not be so eager for the coming changes. Like what you see?

In other news: Microsoft gave away 5,000 new Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC pre-release tablets for Windows 8 developers. The tablets include a 2nd-gen Intel Core i5 processor, Samsung Super PLS 1366 x 768 display, UEFI BIOS, 4GB DDR3, 64GB SSD, and a full year of data service (2 GB cap) compliments of AT&T. Each PC reportedly costs ~$1,099 meaning Microsoft just gave away $5,000,000 worth of hardware. Of course, the benefit of having excited and productive developers pushing your next-gen OS forward is more than worth it, especially considering the tens of billions Microsoft will make from them.

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Via: Engadget, Slashgear

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