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Enthusiasts are eager to get their hands on Windows 8, even in unfinished form

We reported yesterday that Microsoft made its highly anticipated next generation operating system, Windows 8, available to the public. The Windows 8 Developer Preview is available in three versions:

  • Windows Developer Preview with developer tools (x64)
  • Windows Developer Preview (x64)
  • Windows Developer Preview (x86)

AllThingsD is now reporting that 500,000 copies of the Windows 8 Developer Preview have been downloaded since last night. “We still have a long way to go with Windows 8,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Our approach to these new opportunities is centered in Windows. It’s not about doing something else. It’s about broadly re-imagining Windows.”

Ballmer also noted that Microsoft isn't going to be favoring Intel or ARM when it comes to processor choice for Windows 8. Instead, Ballmer notes that, “It’s going to be Intel and ARM.”

If you haven't already download the Windows 8 Developer Preview, you can grab it here.

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Already tried it
By Etern205 on 9/14/2011 8:51:24 PM , Rating: 2
I like the simple green background during the wizard setup.
The first thing you see is the tiles that gives you a variety of apps and useful tools.
Task manager has a lot more info that before.
The regular desktop is part of a tile, click on it will bring you to the desktop.
Start menu is reduced to just a few simple functions like devices, settings, and so forth.
Two problems I encounter is when I open a program like piano, I cannot close it as there is no X anywhere!
Every time I click on the start button in desktop mode, it brings me back to the tiles!

RE: Already tried it
By hemmy on 9/15/2011 12:15:58 AM , Rating: 2
That popup screen is not the start menu, those are the "charms" as Microsoft calls them. The start menu no longer exists, it is replaced by the start screen.

I am in love with Windows 8 so far by the way.

RE: Already tried it
By damianrobertjones on 9/15/2011 7:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
There's a hidden menu on the right side of the screen or press the windows key

RE: Already tried it
By cjohnson2136 on 9/15/2011 9:41:40 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with the window button is it does not close it, it just moves it to the side. So if you open up 5 apps the Window button will like you flip through. I actually had trouble at first closing an app and discovered that after looking in the task manager and seeing open apps that I thought I closed

RE: Already tried it
By Etern205 on 9/15/2011 5:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
That what I did also, open task manager to close the open apps.
Also most of the basic programs are not available in Metro. I have to press Win+F to open search and then click on the Apps to see everything.

RE: Already tried it
By cjohnson2136 on 9/22/2011 2:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah once the Windows Store open we will have access to more Win 8 apps, I am trying to develop one myself just need to find the time.

RE: Already tried it
By Da W on 9/15/2011 8:58:06 AM , Rating: 2
Shortcomings i would like to see corrected:

1. I love regular desktop because of the background pictures i can put in there. We NEED to be able to set background pictures in the metro start screen (same would apply for WP7)

2. I don't like the fact that the desktop is now like an app and the start button no longer gives you a start menu. Start screen is nice but I like also having a long list of all my apps and docs, like WP7 or OSX's launch pad.

3. I would like to chose to start on the desktop view by default, for my desktop.

4. Freaking taskbar is the best thing in the world, and i would like it in metro by doing a down swipe at the bottom of the screen.

I also which my tablet PC didn't die this summer.
Nobody pointed out that all this metro screen, when browsing your media at least, already existed in the form of media center??? I selected my songs, pictures and movies on live tiles like icons using my finger for years now.

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