Microsoft Windows 8 Preview

Windows 8 is the next version of Microsoft Windows, a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers, and media center PCs. It adds support for ARM microprocessors in addition to the traditional x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. Its user interface has been changed to make it better suited for touchscreen input in addition to the traditional mouse, keyboard, and pen input. There will be no longer BIOS (Basic Input Output System) but UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

First look at the new “Windows 8” user interface. (concept)

Windows 8 preview can be downloaded from Microsoft’s site. “The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it,” said Microsoft on the download website. “It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment.”

Microsoft has not yet announced a ship date for Windows 8, although some major media outlets speculate it might be available in late 2012.

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