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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 Belard on 9/14/2011 2:22:13 PM , Rating: 1
The UI hasn't been changed every time.

Win1~3... useless garbage.
Win95~ME, exact the same but more color effects added.
Win2000, looks like Win98.
WinXP, 2 versions (Home/Pro) and MCE, which added a bit more color, more backgrounds at higher res.

Vista: Change the Start button to a circle, but the task bar is functionally no different from XP. Start menu was changed a bit - scrolling menu rather than LONG LONG pop-up menu - looks better, but has its issues.

Win7: changed the taskbar, added functionality.

Since WIn95~Win7.... Theres been 3 semi-major changes. For the most part, everything is in the same place. Its just a skin job.

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