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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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RE: hmmph
By Justin Time on 9/14/2011 1:54:38 AM , Rating: 3
"I dont care about boot times but basically it took the monitor longer to refresh the display than Windows 8 took to BOOT. Not hybrinate FULL BOOT."

I think you'll find that's the FAST boot, and not a full cold boot.

FAST boot uses a hybernated kernel session, and just initialises the user session.

This means that there is no Plug&Play enumeration, but users don't change hardware as often as they boot.

RE: hmmph
By B3an on 9/14/2011 9:09:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's pretty much the same thing as a cold boot. It uses no power at all when off, and it's the default boot setting. If someone didn't already know what it did exactly then it would seem like a cold boot to them.

RE: hmmph
By Justin Time on 9/14/2011 7:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Neither does hibernate use power, but it's not a cold boot.

Fast boot skips a whole bunch of stuff by loading a kernel hibernation file, and only initialising the user session, but it's not a cold boot... it's a partial hibernation resume.

Making it the default mode is a sensible approach for the way people use their personal computers, but it doesn't change the fact that it's not a full cold boot.

Cold boot is still required to install/change hardware and/or drivers, and no doubt for windows updates etc, and is still comparable to Win7 cold boot times.

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