Windows 8 Developer Preview version is here

Microsoft is on the roll, Windows 7 released on October 22, 2009 and now Windows 8, thought Microsoft has not publicized their official date, word is, it will be out in the Fall 2012.Let me amaze you with some screen shots in the beginning.

After the release of Windows 7 which didn’t make much fame with tablets, this release of their is aimed for PC’s and tablets. I have got some features (maybe rumored) so that you know what you can expect for,

Starting with Robust USB 3.0 support
Now with some info about USB, the first USB specification, defined two speeds in data transfer, Slow Speed 1.5 Mbps and Full Speed 12 Mbps, while this was in 1996, in 2000, USB 2.0 was introduced, which had a high speed of 480 Mbps, and in 2008 we had USB 3.0 introduced. This can support a data transfer about 5 Gbps. To be saying this in simple language you could copy a High Definition movie in about 80 seconds which used to take 15 minutes in USB 2.0 port. Amazing I say 🙂

Moving towards to our usual basics, Copy, Move, Rename and Delete functions.
Whenever we started copying files, every copy function we made, a new small window used to open with some basic details of a progress bar and time required to copy, and when we continued doing this for a some files, we had our whole screen with small windows everywhere.
Windows 8 has solved it by making it

Running Copy Action
Running Copy Action

Now you can see the details of copying files in one window, so no more searching through the floating windows, you can pause some actions, so that you can prioritize copying, and also you can see the progress bar, but with a small graph and extra details. 🙂
While moving files and pop-ups for replacement of files when conflicts, it used to be a little confusing, of to which files are which, the new way is to select all the files you cant to keep and replaced in a simpler manner.

Fast Boot Times in Windows 8
In Windows 7 the power transitions in Shutdown operation includes restart), used to consume around 50% of the power, 40% while in sleep and about 5% in hibernation mode.
This has been improvised for most of them prefer shutting down the system than keeping the system on sleep or hibernation mode.

HTML5
Quite many of you maybe or may not be aware of the new version of HTML, which allows the web developer to go a bit more into his imaginative modes to create a better websites. Now the moment everyone has Windows8, the next step that would follow is get IE10 installed and see its features. Windows 8 provides plug-in free HTML5 feature that for giving that experience you never had before. That means you wouldnt need anymore plug-in for flash or pdf’s to view the content to be more elaborate and simple

Multi Tasking
There is no use of systems and OS if there is no multi tasking feature in it, and Windows 8 has just enhanced it in a better way. Now you can have two apps running and sen on the screen at the same time, with a dividing line in between which can be adjusted to maximize or minimize the screen of the app you want to see more or less.

Customizable Start Screen
We had start buttons in ancient times, now its something new. Windows 8 has come out with tiles on the start screen which you can customize to what you want to do usually, without too much of movement. You can just Drag-&-Drop to customize your tiles on the start screen! Talk about making human more lazy even while using the system

Improvised Task Manager
Not everyone’s need, but most of them do play around with Task manager, the 8 version of Windows has come out with more details for you in your task manager, so that you can manage your tasks more optimally.

I can keep going on like this with features after features, but that would never end, and also spoil the surprising discovery of yourself. The developers at Microsoft have worked on well to come out with a better product this time, but only time can tell, how well it will click with users.

But since its not officially released yet, here’s the beat version links for you to download.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (4.8 GB)

Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.
64-bit Windows Developer Preview
Windows SDK for Metro style apps
Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (3.6 GB)

Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
DOWNLOAD (2.8 GB)

Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

System Requirements
Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

Source MSDN Blog, PC Pro

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