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Windows 8 is on the way!

We've talked plenty about Windows 8 in the past, but Microsoft is really gearing up to get developers onboard with the highly anticipated successor to Windows 7. Microsoft showed off the latest version of Windows 8 to developers at the BUILD conference in California this week. 

To put the icing on the cake, Microsoft handed out prototype Samsung PCs to developers attending BUILD with the Windows 8 Developer Preview already installed. 

“We reimagined Windows,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. “From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”

The biggest news, however, is that general consumers can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview starting TONIGHT at 8:00 PM Pacific Time at the following link. The developer preview will run on both 32-bit (can't we kill you already??!!) and 64-bit x86 computers. No activation will be required for those that choose to install the software, but you will need a Windows Live ID to initiate the download.

Be prepared for slow servers as everyone and their grandma will be rushing to get in line to get their "Metro on" with Windows 8.

Updated 8:28pm EST

The Windows 8 Developer Preview can be downloaded RIGHT NOW.

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What, what, WHAT?!
By quiksilvr on 9/13/2011 3:22:09 PM , Rating: 2
When has Microsoft EVER let consumers get a developer pre-beta build?! This is awesome!

RE: What, what, WHAT?!
By cjohnson2136 on 9/13/2011 3:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
I know right. Once 11pm hits I am going there and starting the download and just letting it sit all night because that is how long it will take lol.

RE: What, what, WHAT?!
By Skywalker123 on 9/13/2011 10:37:39 PM , Rating: 1
Nope, I downloaded both the 32 and 64 bit versions in less than 2 hrs.

RE: What, what, WHAT?!
By cjohnson2136 on 9/14/2011 10:00:26 AM , Rating: 2
same for me and I started downloading at like 9pm est. So that was exciting

RE: What, what, WHAT?!
By B3an on 9/14/2011 2:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
It's good and bad. Already i'm seeing comments of normal users who have installed Win 8 saying "this and that dont work, it's worse than Win 7, blah blah blah" When it's not even near to a BETA state. Too many people are simply thick and will base judgement on a product that still has a year left in development. This could end up doing more harm than good.

RE: What, what, WHAT?!
By Belard on 9/14/2011 2:25:41 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah... what part of "pre-BETA" doesn't these people NOT understand.

Its not to be a primary OS, its a test & preview platform. See how functionality works. The extra tools and programs that comes with Win7 are not needed since Win8 doesn't actually change the the OS anyway, just the launcher and skin is different.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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