Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

Summary: Want to check out Windows 8? You'll be able to tonight!

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Microsoft is making the the Windows 8 developer preview available to everyone later today.

That's right - Microsoft is making the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Windows 8, both with and without development tools, available for download from 8PM PT today.

The ISOs will be available from: http://dev.windows.com/

Some big caveats:

  • This is a developer preview, not a beta, so it's not finished, not feature-complete and is buggy.
  • Only clean installs are supported, no upgrades.
  • No ARM version available.

Why is Microsoft doing this? Two reasons:

  1. It was going to be leaked anyway.
  2. Huge PR!

[UPDATE: No registration or product key will be required.]

So, who's going to be checking it out?

Topics: Apps, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Processors, Software, Software Development, Windows

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  • Sweet

    Choice: Brought to you by Microsoft.
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    Superb! xD
    ozl@...
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    I have the coffee stocked up, and the night cleared. So, with that said, is it 11 yet? :D
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    The BUILD Conference Livecast is just awesome. Waiting for the Preview to be available. Gawd this can't come soon enough!
    regsrini
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    Fo sho!!!!
    gonnics@...
  • Freakin awesome

    The Build conference was badass, now this move by them, damn Microsoft is getting more awesome by the minute! LOVE IT!
    norcalbear84
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    This will set a new benchmark for desktop OS, achieving consumer versus developer friendliness, multiple form factors, Blending Metro UI and Legacy UI nicely and making it much easy to port applications or use them as-is. Add to that quick boot, security, app store and the list goes on..

    Kudos to the Microsoft team to achieve this, it is phenomenal
    ninjacut
  • If you wish to view a YouTube video of Win 8 on the Dev Tablet

    before you download the Win 8 developer build, please follow this link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59mP3R4I8wU&feature=player_embedded

    Good Stuff being shown but as you might suspect at this stage of development, the Win 8 tablet hardware touch sensitive screen perhaps hinders some fluidity of Win 8 gestures.

    However .. all in all .. I was impressed.
    kenosha77a
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    >so it???s not finished, not feature-complete and is buggy.

    So it's no different than any other version of Windows? ;-)

    Seriously, I'm a defector to Linux and I'M getting excited about Windows 8 and have even been telling friends and family that use Windows that they really have to upgrade to Windows 8 when it arrives. I've explained in more detail in another ZDNet article, but Windows 8 seems to be looking to Linux for a lot of its new features and really feels like an answer to desktop Linux, which is a good thing.

    Between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.5, I think all those who have been bad-mouthing Microsoft and dismissing them as the past rather than the future are going to be in for quite a surprise. :-)
    jgm@...
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    My VMWare is ready!
    intelburnz
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    I'm excited!! Can someone please wind the clock forward 3 hours!
    crostron
  • Isos now available.

    Earlier than promised I believe, nice!
    rtk
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    It's live now! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/
    crostron
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    Download is live! Have fun!

    -Sent from my Windows 8 VM.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    Actually i am more interested in the Voice Command API... see the ZDNET Nokia/WP7 guys post on it. (matthew miller's)
    TheFilipinoFlash
  • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

    Ok, Metro on the desktop - <B>SUCKS</B>. Microsoft, this really needs fixed. There is no way to permanently disable or stay out of Metro. You're forced into it one way or another, which is fine if you like endless scrollbars.

    I know this is just a developer pre-release, but I hope there is a way to disable Metro on the desktop in the future. :(
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

      @Cylon Centurion <br>speak for yourself - i happen to like it and this is not even a beta
      lefleur1987
    • Waaaaaaa waaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaa

      @Cylon Centurion If you don't like it, you're free to move to Linux or Mac OS, because Metro Rocks!
      General C#
    • RE: Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview - Today!

      You guys like having to constantly scoll side to side? It would be fine if it was touch, but on a desktop without it, it's a crappy experience.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Looks like &quot;yes&quot; and &quot;no&quot;

      @Cylon Centurion

      More info is on another ZDNet blog:

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsofts-windows-8-heres-what-we-now-know-and-dont/10608?tag=nl.e019

      "Yes": Microsoft is apparently, at least for this build release, specifying Metro as the *only* UI, with the "classical" desktop being treated as an app. Which would mean that, every time you boot up, you get a smartphone-looking interface.

      "No": You *can* access the "classical" desktop by selecting that "app". That sounds like, once the app is open, you'll get a Windows experience more akin to prior versions.
      spdragoo@...