Ah, that time has arrived again. The time when Microsoft let us in on what’s coming up in the next version of Windows. Not that I wasn’t excited last time when I downloaded the Developer Preview of Windows 7, but with Windows 8 everything feels different, which I like!
We’ll be covering Windows 8 throughout this week, with an eventual review / impressions blog coming at the end of next week when we’ve had a good enough look.
Want it for yourself?
Microsoft are offering Windows 8 Developer Preview for free, you can’t complain about that, in 3 different versions, all of which can’t be uninstalled once installed so highly recommend using a Virtual Machine, or installing on a hardware partition.
Windows 8 Developer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants with another 64-bit version that includes Developer Tools. The download links are below as well as a link to the Microsoft MSDN page featuring the download.
2.8GB .iso –
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.
3.6GB .iso –
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.
4.8GB .iso –
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
Microsoft Live Connect
Microsoft are also offering a technical preview of a service called ‘Live Connect’ which provides developers a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with Microsoft connected accounts and enable users to access information from SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger. You can sign up for the Live Connect here!
Windows 8 System Requirements
(Source: Microsoft MSDN Website)
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