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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Released

By March 1, 2012

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As most of the tech press expected, Microsoft announced the release of windows 8 Consumer Preview to the public. I've covered the expected release on the blog as well as have gone over some of the details regarding features and requirements for Windows 8.

If you're looking to give windows 8 a spin this is the version you want. It will give you a more stable experience and provide you with a glimpse of what to expect in Windows 8 when it is finally released later this year.

Make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements and that you watch for some of the issues experienced by other users.

You can download a copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft by visiting the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download page.

I'll be giving Consumer Preview a spin so check back soon for some updates. If you've given Consumer Preview a try, what do you think of it thus far?

March 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm
(1) Dan Mabbutt says:

Got the Consumer Preview loaded on my new build! It’s definitely a lot more finished than the Developer Preview.

Here’s an exclusive (since I can’t find this answered anywhere else on the web). A constant complaint is


Microsoft’s theory about this is that these things get “suspended” and you don’t have to close them. I think people will rebel at that so here’s a way to close an app (other than closing it in Task Manager – which is something of a brute force method).

You can left-click on the app and resize it by dragging. Then you can drag it off the bottom of the screen. That closes it.

March 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(2) Miles says:

Yeah, we’re losing the X button in the top corner. You may want to watch some of the vids on what’s new in windows 8. It works just like any other mobile device; you don’t close an app, you just go “home” by holding your finger or your mouse in the bottom left corner of the screen and clicking/touching.

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