Windows 8
for Windows

The next generation of Windows.

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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.

Wall-to-wall web
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.

Windows 8 Screenshots

What's New in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Release notes are not available currently.

Windows 8 Requirements

Operating Systems:

Windows 8

System 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

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