Windows 8 Consumer Preview, apps now available

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted February 29, 2012 12 comments

At a non-webcast press event at MWC in Barcelona today, Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Greene took the stage to unveil the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  The new operating system, with its Metro style interface and “fast and fluid” design, is available for download, as is the beta of Visual Studio 11 and the .Net Framework 4.5.  Here’s a set of links:

 

Ironically, we’re spending the week on Microsoft’s campus and here in Bellevue in a hotel for the Microsoft MVP Summit, so downloading the 3.3gb Consumer Preview is a bit out of the question over hotel wi-fi, but we’ll have it up and running soon enough.

We understand that a number of apps, including the Mail, Photos, Calendar and Messaging apps that are the Metro style successors to Windows Live Essentials apps are included in the Preview, so we’ll be getting our first look at the future of Microsoft’s live consumer services.

Of course we’ll have a lot more to say about Windows 8 in the coming days, but for now go and get the Preview and let us know what you think!

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 7:31 am
Category: News
Tags: Windows 8
  • Parker Cook

    if i download and install this, does it run along side my windows 7 or will it replace it all together?

  • Parker Cook

    if i download and install this, does it run along side my windows 7 or will it replace it all together?

  • Parker Cook

    ok i saw that it will replace it, i do not have a cd with windows 7 on it, my hp has it built in, will it over write my restore d drive or will it leave it there so i can restore it later

    • Mario Albertico

      It *should* leave the recovery partition alone. I also have an HP and I’m installing it on my secondary PC as I type, so I will be able to confirm as soon as it’s done. You do get the option of upgrading (keeping your personal files, some PC settings, and apps–as the Windows 8 CP installer calls them) or “keeping nothing” (clean install). But, if you want to feel safer about your recovery partition, I suggest creating the Recovery Disks HP lets make you burn once and properly storing those.

  • Parker Cook

    ok i saw that it will replace it, i do not have a cd with windows 7 on it, my hp has it built in, will it over write my restore d drive or will it leave it there so i can restore it later

    • Mario Albertico

      It *should* leave the recovery partition alone. I also have an HP and I’m installing it on my secondary PC as I type, so I will be able to confirm as soon as it’s done. You do get the option of upgrading (keeping your personal files, some PC settings, and apps–as the Windows 8 CP installer calls them) or “keeping nothing” (clean install). But, if you want to feel safer about your recovery partition, I suggest creating the Recovery Disks HP lets make you burn once and properly storing those.

  • Sheerief

    i remember watchin’ this site closely and following everything u had to say gays at some times like when the windows life essentials was in development and i was really thrilled with all the leaked news and reviews u were my no 1 site …
    i was really disappointed with you guys today , when i was tuning into u gays from the beginning of the day , i thought i could get all the news step by step during the preview conference , but all day no word  zip , nothing at all ….
    i am really disappointed  :S

    • Ray Wall

       From the very post you replied to:

      “we’re spending the week on Microsoft’s campus and here in Bellevue in a
      hotel for the Microsoft MVP Summit, so downloading the 3.3gb Consumer
      Preview is a bit out of the question over hotel wi-fi, but we’ll have it
      up and running soon enough.”

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Yes, not much we could do, afraid the timing of the MVP Summit was a bit unfortunate this year.  We’ll have plenty to say about Windows 8 in the days and weeks to come, though, stay tuned!

  • Sheerief

    i remember watchin’ this site closely and following everything u had to say gays at some times like when the windows life essentials was in development and i was really thrilled with all the leaked news and reviews u were my no 1 site …
    i was really disappointed with you guys today , when i was tuning into u gays from the beginning of the day , i thought i could get all the news step by step during the preview conference , but all day no word  zip , nothing at all ….
    i am really disappointed  :S

    • Ray Wall

       From the very post you replied to:

      “we’re spending the week on Microsoft’s campus and here in Bellevue in a
      hotel for the Microsoft MVP Summit, so downloading the 3.3gb Consumer
      Preview is a bit out of the question over hotel wi-fi, but we’ll have it
      up and running soon enough.”

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Yes, not much we could do, afraid the timing of the MVP Summit was a bit unfortunate this year.  We’ll have plenty to say about Windows 8 in the days and weeks to come, though, stay tuned!