Today is a big day here at Microsoft.  This morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it was announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) is now released.

At the conference, several key points were discussed and demonstrated.

  • Broad range of product changes and improvements that were made between the Developer Preview and the Consumer Preview.
  • Windows Store with new apps. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft.
  • Connecting to the cloud across Windows-based PCs and Windows Phone. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers seamless integration with the content people care about across their devices.
  • Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. The best way to experience the Web on Windows is with Internet Explorer 10.
  • Preview of new hardware capabilities. Showcasing Windows 8 running on a wide range of new x86 and ARM-based reference hardware.

Come preview the latest version and where Windows is headed.  Get involved to help shape what Windows will look like in the future.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview

Welcome to Windows 8 – The Consumer Preview
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/29/welcome-to-windows-8-the-consumer-preview.aspx?ocid=soc-n-mea-loc--ZaFb

Running the Consumer Preview: system recommendations
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/29/running-the-consumer-preview-system-recommendations.aspx

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28970

If you want to see what others are experiencing or get involved in the discussions on Technet, this is your place to go.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w8itpro

This is an exciting day here and hope that everyone can download and try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) and see what everyone is talking about.

John Marlin
Senior Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support