Windows 8 Description
It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out.
See what's new
Swipe, slide, and zoom
Touch a full-powered PC. It's fast and it's fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.
Apps, front and center
Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done FASTER. Get them from the Windows Store.
Your Windows, everywhere
Windows 8 can Connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.
Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview brings you immersive web browsing on screens Big And Small.
The familiar, made better
Still devoted to your mouse and keyboard? Windows 8 makes the tried-and-true feel brand new.
The Windows Experience Blog
Read this Windows Experience Blog entry for some tips on getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Behind the scenes
Meet the engineering team
Check out a short video for an informal look at Windows 8 from one of the teams that built it.
Building Windows 8
Get the latest news and the inside scoop on the development Process from the Windows 8 engineering team blog.
What's New in Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Release notes are not available currently.
Windows 8 Requirements
Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch