Windows 8 was officially released to manufacturing on August 1st, 2012 and it will be generally available for new purchases on October 26th. NOW is a great time to start getting familiar with this latest Windows operating system that provides improvements across the board - including a new touch-enabled Tile-based User Interface, Storage Spaces, Simplified Printing, File History, PowerShell 3.0, Client Hyper-V Virtualization and MUCH more! Whether you have a Desktop, Laptop, Ultrabook or Slate PC - Windows 8 provides new benefits to increase productivity, usability and performance.
Between now and October 26th, we're providing a Virtual "LoadFest" Kit that you can use to load Windows 8 in a dual-boot configuration without upsetting your existing Windows 7 operating system. You can copy this kit to a 4GB or larger USB storage device and use it to install Windows 8 individually. Or, better yet - copy this kit to multiple 4GB or larger USB storage devices and organize your own ad-hoc Windows 8 LoadFest event with your friends! They just need to bring their PC to participate.
Organize your own Windows 8 LoadFest today!
The full details on this Virtual LoadFest kit are available here.
In the comments below, let me know if you were successful in loading Windows 8 and, if you're planning a local Windows 8 LoadFest event, feel free to include the event date and location information to help publicize it.
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, focused on helping ISV partners leverage the Azure cloud platform. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of customers and partners worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.