Windows 8 release preview hits download page
June 1st, 2012, 7:14 A.M.–Microsoft introduces Windows 8 release preview, says the new operating system will hit the market this fall.
Microsoft and Windows fans, get ready because the latest preview of the software company’s latest operating system, Windows 8, is now available for you to test, examine and review if you want.
For starters, Windows 8 is the upcoming version of Windows that will introduce a new user interface for the PC market, the Metro UI which is similar to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone. It is worth noting that the traditional Windows UI is still accessible with the new operating system, but few tweaks to take advantage of the new user interface.
The operating system, possibly the rival of Android’s upcoming Jellybean operating system upgrade and Apple’s Mac OS X Mountain Lion, is now available for download in Microsoft’s official Windows 8 website.
Before downloading, says Microsoft, the new software “is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released,” adding that “some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.”
According to Microsoft’s official Windows 8 blog site, the new release preview of the Windows 8 includes new features like “Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store.” Apparently, the new ecosystem of Microsoft will adopt the way developers distribute applications or software for the operating system–the internet, and using its own Windows Store, Microsoft is on the verge of generating revenue by reselling the apps, while making its phone and PC ecosystems to be more unified.
Some apps that feature the Metro UI tiles support are also included in the new release preview, and Microsoft said the new operating system will welcome more apps before the product’s official launch later this year.
Aside from laptops and desktop PCs, the new operating system is also expected to power tablet computers, and similar to the iPad and popular Android tablet computers, the Windows 8 for tablet computers will focus mainly on applications that were created for touch. No mention yet for the next-generation smartphones, and the rumored Windows 8 for smartphones that will reportedly replace the Windows Phone.
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