The most awaited operating system is finally ON with the software giant Microsoft unveiled it at the Mobile World Congress Windows 8 Consumer Preview show – the new operating system is termed as “generational operating system,” just like Windows 95 and is designed to work as well on tablets as on traditional computers and will replace Windows last version 7.
Windows 8 features an entirely new interface, called Metro, with system requirements which borrow heavily from Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, as well as a slightly updated version of the conventional Windows 7 desktop version that runs in a separate mode. The version including access to Metro style apps and 100,000 changes the software giant has made since Microsoft released the Windows 8 Developer Preview.
Microsoft also debuted Windows 8 “Windows Store”, with a thinking to add a better experience for consumers in an aim of finding softwares easier. The new OS store adopts the Metro Style and promotes the number of applications and games including the Telegraph, USA Today, Slacker, and Daily Motion and third party apps namely WordPress, Kindle and iCookbook. Apps are grouped together by type, making it easier to browse rather than searching directly. These all apps come with a free price tag. Versions of apps will be available for both ARM and x86, with the Store automatically downloading the right version for your device. The Store is now live, and Microsoft has said that more apps will be added as the Preview goes on.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for public downloads, comes in ISO format and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. Minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card. To download, click here. Redmond has posted videos of the event on its website for streaming or download.