Microsoft has launched the first test version of Windows 8, crammed full with developer tools for the touch interface Metro. Microsoft has high hopes for Windows 8 and hopes it will be the same revolution as Windows 95 was when it was released.
Those who are waiting for Windows 8 can now download it at Microsoft’s website, both 32-bit and 64-bit version. They are mainly intended for developers to make use of the new touch interface Metro, but also curious users that wants to try Metro or the new operating system overall. For developers there is a Windows SDK (Software Developers Kit) for the new interface, and we also see that Microsoft Visual Studia 11 Express, Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview and more programs for Metro.
Windows 8 works with both touchscreens, and keyboards and mice
The interface Metro builds on a block design and is very similar to Windows Phone 7, which is a testament to the goal of the company to include all of its products in one eco system. There are some split opinions on Windows 8 and Metro, but many seems to think that Android better look out.
The system requirements for Windows 8:
- 1 GHz 32/64-bit x86-processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB free space (32-bit) or 20 GB free space (64-bit)
- DirectX 9
- Touchskärm to use multitouch (not required)
Those who wants to try the new version we want to remind you this is an early pre-beta test version made for developers, and it is used on your own risk. Microsoft warns that not-yet-launched software may change without warning, and finally it is only available in English.
Windows Developer Preview can be found here.