Microsoft has been working a lot on polishing the developer preview of Windows 8 that it had released last September. In only 24 hours, it was downloaded over 500,000 times. Windows is the most widely used operating system on a computer and with Windows 8, things are going to get a lot better. The company just announced the final version of the Windows 8 beta and has called it the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I have given Windows 8 beta download link at the end of the article, and in case if you are not interested in knowing what’s new in consumer preview version of Windows 8, you can skip directly to Download windows 8 beta section at the bottom.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
A lot is new in this consumer preview than the developer preview, a lot of bugs have been taken care of and it’s much more complete with lots of new apps, features etc. The Windows 8 beta also has the new logo for the operating system that the company had chosen few days ago. I’m sure you’ll be dying with excitement to try out the new Windows 8 consumer preview. You can do so by using the official download links at the end of this page. Before that, let me tell you something more about the new consumer preview. How it’s better than the developer preview and how it will make your Windows experience better.
Quite honestly, Windows 8 developer preview had a lot of bugs, very less apps and crashed a lot. However, it had some plus points too. Everyone, I believe, loved the new Metro layout that Microsoft has chosen for it’s latest operating system. If you don’t remember, then you can read our review on the Windows 8 developer preview to see what the next OS from Microsoft brings to the table.
So, the Consumer Preview or the final Windows 8 beta, that was released few hours ago has plenty of new features and is almost ready for daily use. I’m going to talk about them in short and try to cover almost all that’s new with the consumer preview. The hardware requirements remain the same and there are two versions, 32bit and 64bit, that you can download and try out. Microsoft has finally gotten rid of the Start button, like it was rumored it would. Instead, the new layout has something called as the ‘Charms’ bar and four corner gestures that take care of all the tasks!
The Charms bar pops out from the right hand side of the screen when you point your mouse on the right-bottom or top corner. It has the Start, Search, Share, Devices and Settings buttons. Performing a right click in any app will bring the top and bottom options instead of the old Right-click options. Left bottom corner will bring up the start menu on non-touch devices that can be clicked to view all the apps currently installed. Oh yes, there are numerous new apps with the Consumer preview, so that’s another plus.
The Internet Explorer is still like the one in the developer preview, IE 10 I mean and then you have SkyDrive(Microsoft’s own cloud storage service), X-box Live and again, new apps.
Where to Download Windows 8 Beta:
After reading all that, I’m sure you just can’t wait to download windows 8 beta version and try it out on your system. If you’re already running Windows 8 developer preview, then you probably can run this new version (build 8250). Below are the download links for both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of the latest Windows 8 beta. Both are ISO files, so you’ll need to either burn them to a DVD or mount them on to USB. You can follow our tutorial on how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB and get it done.
- Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit
- Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32bit
Once you’re done installing, do let us know what you think of the Windows 8 consumer preview. Check out the official page of the Windows 8 beta to learn more about it and also find out what apps are available.
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