Earlier Today Microsoft showed the demos Windows 8 to the attendees of the BUILD conference and released Windows 8 Developer Preview Build along with the sneak peek of the developers platform and tools. Every attendee was also given Samsung Windows 8 Tablet running on Windows 8 Developer Preview Build.
Windows 8 brings a lot of news features esp the Metro style UI, Internet Explorer 10, Task Manager, Quick Boot, Face Password, a fancy PDF reader, new and improved Contacts, Calendar and email apps etc etc.
At the conference Windows 8 developer preview copy was made available to all the participants, but all those who weren’t present at the BUILD conference will have to wait few more hours until Microsoft uploads this build on their server.
You probably want to try out the preview release—and you can. Starting later tonight you can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview. This includes a 64-bit (x64) build with development tools to build apps and a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) build without development tools. The releases also include a suite of sample applications (please note these are merely illustrations of potential apps, not apps that we intend to ship with Windows 8). The ISOs are linked to from http://dev.windows.com.
- Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build [Link].
Update: It is available free for download and it won’t require any activation. It is to be noted, however, that it will not install on existing Windows 7. It requires a clean installation. [via Building Windows 8]