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

Welcome to Windows 8 – The Consumer Preview

Running the Consumer Preview: system recommendations

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business

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

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