The good deal that should be coming out soon is the $40 upgrade to Windows 8 from any XP, Vista or WIndows 7 PC.
Microsoft revealed today that it plans to launch the highly anticipated "Consumer Preview" version of Windows 8 on February 29th. The company will hold an event at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 29th to launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview between 3PM and 5PM (CET).
The famous Betta fish from the Windows 7 beta was swimming on Bing recently:
Microsoft plans to release the public beta (They're calling it the consumer preview) later this month. This version of windows is expected to have much more functionality than the current developer preview, namely better mouse and keyboard controls.
- Windows Store: The first and probably the best feature of Windows 8 Beta would be the only source of Metro-Style apps, designed for the convenient usage of individual and corporate users.
- Metro Style Apps: We would see many metro style apps in Windows 8 Beta which were, previously, in desktop version, e.g. music/video player and image viewer.
- Improved Metro-UI: The Metro style user interface, aka the start menu, of Windows 8 Beta would get many new changes and features including an option of background changer to allow the users to customize the background of Metro-UI by selecting from a wide range of given colors.
- Color Selection choice during Installation: Windows 8 Beta would provide users the option to select color for overall interface of Metro-UI where they would, finally, be able to get rid of the green color found in Windows 8 Developer Preview.
- Semantic Zoom for Mouse users: Semantic Zoom allows the users to name the app groups as well as to see all the apps pinned to Metro-UI by zooming out, neglecting the need to scroll in-order to view the desired apps. This option was previously available only for the touchscreen devices in Windows Developer Preview.
- Improved Charms Bar: Windows 8 supports a quick launch like pop-menu which appears when you swipe to the right of the screen. That’s where all the necessary options, e.g. search, settings, share etc. can be found which may be a one stop menu for all the necessary options for users. Windows 8 Beta would get some visual improvements, i.e. translucent Charms Bar would appear if the right side of the screen is touched, accidently, and mouse users would also get the Charms Bar on the right side whereas currently it can be accessed by going to the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Closing of all the Metro apps with just swipe of finger/mouse: Windows 8 Beta would support closing of Metro apps in just a swipe or drag of mouse cursor from the top of the screen to the bottom.
And a new BSOD
Just last week, we got our paws on Samsung's Series 7 Slate, and it's already making its second debut. This time around, however, it's sporting a much more mouthwatering setup. No, it's not dawning Lady Gaga's edible leftovers; this new look comes courtesy of Microsoft's much teased and hotly anticipated touch-friendly OS, Windows 8. As you've likely already heard, the latest incarnation of the operating system is something entirely new for Redmond, and, as it turns out, the world. It's unlike anything we've seen before, but that won't stop us from making comparisons.
Like Apple's latest attempt at a desktop OS, Windows 8 borrows largely from its mobile kin, Window Phone 7, bringing its signature live tiles to tablets and PCs, and from what we've seen it does so effortlessly. Before we go ruining a good thing, however, we have to point out that this isn't everythingWindows has to offer -- it's still a developers preview (and in turn, an OS under construction), and the device it's running on hasn't been approved as an official Windows 8 slate. Got all that? Good. Read on for our first impressions!
Test hardware and performance
We know you're curious, so here's the deal. Our test mule was none other than Samsung's Series 7 Slate PC -- the same rig that we first spotted merely days ago. The difference, of course, is the OS. This one's rocking Windows 8 (and dubbed a "developer PC"), whereas the preview shown at the tail-end of August was boasting Windows 7. We couldn't share the inner secrets of the test hardware while the opening Build keynote was ongoing, but now that it's wrapped, we're in the clear.
The Series 7 sports a 400 nit, 11.6-inch capacitive panel (1366 x 768 resolution), Intel's 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M CPU with integrated graphics, a 64GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. On the front there's a 2 megapixel camera and a light sensor, and around the back sits a 3 megapixel shooter. Connectivity comes courtesy of 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, plus there's a USB 2.0 port and a micro HDMI socket.
It was a very minimalistic preview with him just glancing over it but it looks really cool.
Also Microsoft released the developer preview files for Windows 8 which you can find on MSDN here:http://msdn.microsof...s/windows/home/
It's a pre-beta version so be cautious if you do install it and back up your data somewhere.
Edited by -Goose-, 25 October 2012 - 05:34 PM.