Get your hands on Windows 8 Developer Preview today!

Microsoft made avail­able its next win­dows devel­op­ers pre­view for devel­op­ers. It is pre-beta ver­sion. The Win­dows 8 comes with lot of improve­ments over win­dows 7 and native­ly sup­ports all the win­dows 7 appli­ca­tions. Both 32bit and 64bit ISO images are avail­able for down­load includes OS, Win­dows SDK for Metro style apps, Microsoft Visu­al Stu­dio 11 Express, the Microsoft Expres­sion Blend 5 Devel­op­er Pre­view and 28 Metro style apps.

Windows 8 Developer Preview

Some of fea­tures win­dows 8 includes are

  • All Win­dows 7 appli­ca­tions will run on Win­dows 8
  • Logins will use a pho­to based sys­tem
  • Refreshed Win­dows Task Man­ag­er sus­pends apps when they are not run­ning on-screen
  • Hyper‑V vir­tu­al­iza­tion soft­ware comes pre loaded on Win­dows 8
  • Reset and Refresh PC” func­tions enable sim­pli­fied sys­tem wipe and restore
  • Mul­ti touch sup­port enabled for IE 10
  • Built-in antivirus soft­ware will ship in Win­dows 8
  • Metro-style refresh for Mail, Pho­tos, Cal­en­dar and Peo­ple apps with Win­dows Live ID
  • Win­dows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share fea­ture to either send data from one device to anoth­er, or sim­ply receive data from an NFC equipped card.
  • There will not be a dif­fer­ent edi­tion of Win­dows 8 for tablets and prob­a­bly not for Media Cen­ters either
  • ARM devices will be sup­port­ed, but not in the devel­op­er pre­view

System Requirements

Devel­op­er Pre­view works great on the hard­ware that pow­ers Win­dows Vista and Win­dows 7:

  • 1 giga­hertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) proces­sor
  • 1 giga­byte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB avail­able hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Direc­tX 9 graph­ics device with WDDM 1.0 or high­er dri­ver
  • Tak­ing advan­tage of touch input requires a screen that sup­ports mul­ti-touch
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview