Windows 8 release preview is out and available for free download. Microsoft last year started testing Windows 8 by offering developers to download the beta, since then if offered users with the feature rich consumer preview in Feb 2012. The release preview that was released yesterday, offers some improvements and features over the consumer preview. New features include flash support for metro web browser, new metro applications, and better multi-monitor support.
In a blog post, Microsoft has said that they are planning to bring more changes and improvements to Windows 8 for RTM (release to manufacturing). One of the major changes you will find in the RTM release is the user interface which will lack aero and instead have a more clean and crisp interface.
Here is what you know about Windows 8:
- Metro-style user interface: A touch-optimized platform that you can interact with in an intuitive way. As a result, interactions with the operating system and UI elements feel natural and responsive. Animations and transitions are used deliberately, and effects are subtle and designed to enhance the connection between you and the PC.
- Picture Login Method: Set of gestures in relation to points on the image that you would repeat to sign in. These gestures will take into account the shape, the start and end points, as well as the directionality.
- Windows Store: In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse thousands of apps, all grouped in easy to find categories. We highlight great apps for you and provide quick access to frequently downloaded apps. You can also see how other people have rated apps. You will always know what is interesting, new, and popular.
- Built-in apps: With Windows 8, your entire PC is cloud-connected. You’ll have new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging apps that are connected to services like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter just by adding them to your Microsoft account.
- Task Manager: The new Task Manager is a handy dashboard that you can use to monitor and control your PC so you always know what is going on. Color-coded tiles present information in a way that is easy to understand. You can keep track of resources efficiently and in real-time with graphs and details about processes, apps, and history.
- Multiple monitors: If you are one of the many people who use multiple monitors, you will find it more flexible than ever. With many types of hardware, you can display the Start screen on one monitor and the desktop on the others. Desktop backgrounds can be different on each monitor or can stretch across your screens.
- Windows Explorer: Windows Explorer is enhanced to make file management and navigation straightforward. The ribbon organizes Windows Explorer and reveals features that used to be hidden. It is easier to view and manage all of your file operations in one place.
System Requirements of Windows 8 Release Preview:
Windows 8 Release Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Download links of Windows 8 Release Preview
Direct Download Links:
- 32-bit: Windows8-ReleasePreview-32bit-English.iso[2.4 GB]
- 64-bit: Windows8-ReleasePreview-64bit-English.iso[3.3 GB]
Online Installer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download
For more info checkout the FAQ of Windows 8 Release Preview