Windows 8 is considered to be the biggest change in decades to Microsoft’s widely used operating system. The software displays applications in a mosaic of tiles and has been designed so it can run desktop, laptop and tablet computers. Microsoft has now made it clear that the makeover is nearly complete with Thursday’s release of the final test version of Windows 8.
Microsoft distributed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in March and received many positive feedback from users. The new Windows 8 Release Preview has much improved interface, added some new apps such as Metro Sports, Travel, News. The boot screen, cursor, background, Aero and many others are also improved. Specifically, Flash has been power-optimized and integrated into Internet Explorer 10.
We can also get more choice and control over privacy on this browser as it features Do Not Track by default.
Download Windows 8 Release Preview
The latest test version of Windows 8 is available in 14 languages and includes several improvements from a less-refined version released three months ago. The upgrades include more ways to connect to other Microsoft services, more security controls and more touch-screen features. Windows 8′s minimum requirements are the same as Windows 7′s, check them out:
- Processor: 1 GHz.
- RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit.
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
Download Release Preview from the following links:
If you install from disk or USB, you will need to enter this product key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF.
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With Windows 8 looming, more prospective computer buyers may delay their purchases until the new operating system is available. However Microsoft is trying to discourage procrastination with a special promotion that begins Saturday in the US, Canada and more than 120 other markets.
The program allows buyers of computer running on Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, when it’s available, for $14.99. Microsoft hasn’t announced other prices.
For more details, check out the official page.