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Windows 8: Our Detailed Coverage, Everything You Need To Know

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Over the past few months, there has been a lot of buzz about Windows 8, ever since Microsoft initially showcased it last year and released a developer’s preview, which we extensively covered for you. Today, at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Microsoft is releasing the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and as always, we will be providing you with an in-depth coverage of everything Microsoft’s latest operating system optimized for both PCs and tablets has to offer.

Update: Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download. It adds Bing-powered Metro apps, a slightly revamped UI, stripped down Flash support for Internet Explorer 10 and greater stability.

Update 2:  Windows 8 RTM has been released for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The final, public release is scheduled for the 26th of October, 2012.

Update 3: The final, public version of Windows 8 is now available for purchase. While most of the new features remain the same, for the few changes and a complete perspective on the final build, read our Windows 8 review and guide to new features. The guides below provide a a detailed look into each individual feature.

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The much-anticipated Windows 8 is probably the most major release to Microsoft’s desktop operating system till date, especially when it comes to significantly changing the way we interact with our computers. It incorporates the excellent Metro UI from Zune and Windows Phone, into major parts of the entire operating system, which is a big shift from the old desktop interface. Therefore, there will be a lot of new features, as well as new ways to utilize the old features.

The Consumer Preview has significant changes (100,000 according to Microsoft) from the Developers Preview, and it reflects the end product that Microsoft will be shipping to the end users more accurately.

Today as well as over the coming weeks, we will be bringing you detailed coverage of all that has changed, and will be updating the links right here in this post.

See our complete coverage below.

Don’t forget to check out our previous guides (updated to reflect new changes).

More articles, guides and tips to follow. Stay tuned!

22 Comments

  1. hi,

    when i click the internet explorer in the start it switches the desktop and opens the regular one.. anybody know how to fix that? also how can i enable this snapping applications to sides thing?

    Thanks

  2. I heard that Windows 8 is touch screen. Is there a way I can somehow my laptop’s LCD a touch screen? I mean any sort of hardware/cover sheet that can be pasted on LCD to make it touch?

    • No, that’s not possible, but it’s also not necessary. Windows 8’s Metro UI is mainly aimed at Tablet PC’s, but not specifically. Regular PC’s can use Windows 8 hassle-free, and there is the standard (well, slightly changed) desktop that we’re all familiar with.

  3. Thanks, I am already in the process of WCP download, enjoying the FAQ as well as the booklet about the CP released by MSFT. The download is likely to complete by tomorrow at my rather slow 512 kbps speed,  then the install……Since I’m downloading the Consumer Preview Setup from WDP and don’t want to install over it, I don’t  know as yet how to enable the setup to install on the partition I’m yet to create. I have a huge backup to transfer as well. I am not trusting my files to a new setup even though Microsoft promises files will be kept.

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