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Microsoft released its Windows Developer Preview earlier this week -- the next generation Windows operating system -- specifically for developers. But anyone can burn a copy and run it on a test machine, should they wish to.
Jump ahead to find the new Blue Screen of Death, also roaming cloud profiles and the new 'Start menu'. You can search, see new notifications and see your new Control Panel. See what happens when you switch from Start to desktop, and see where Microsoft is pinching ideas from Apple.
So many rumours have gone around, and so much has clearly gone into the next version of Windows, known as 'Windows 8'. But what does the 'out of the box' experience look like?
Windows setup begins in a similar fashion to what we have seen before -- using the 'Windows Phone' Metro-style user interface, with the thin fonts and the large lettering. Though there will probably be no updates to the brand new preview build, future builds and final copies will be able to download updates before the installation has begun.
You will notice as the screenshots move foward, how open Windows setup is with its language. It is more down to earth and 'friendly', almost, interacting with the reader as though they are an ordinary person. Back in the day, it would be almost unheard of for operating systems to be installed by the end user. Nowdays, it is perfectly common.