Windows 8 is considered to be the biggest change in decades to Microsoft’s extensively used operating system. It now comes with a highly visual interface called Metro. Metro consists of mosaic of tiles and has been designed so it can run on desktop, laptop and tablet computers. If such huge change in the user interface sounds scary to you, change to the familiar desktop version in a click.
The latest test version of Windows 8 is available in 14 languages which includes several improvements and awesome features. The upgradesinclude more ways to connect to other Microsoft services, more security controls and more touch-screen features. Infact, the Windows 8 Release Preview comes packed withWindows 8 OS, IE 10, all new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, Messenger and many other awesome services.
Other new apps in this release include a Bing Travel app, as well as Gaming and Music Xbox apps that integrate with Microsoft’s Zune music service. What more, you can get hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store. The release of Windows 8 RC comes in the wake of a situation when the PC sales have slowed down due to consumers buying smartphones and tablets over PC. But, the versatility of Windows 8 is expected to spawn a new generation of computers that are part laptop and part tablet.
The New Features You I Like
– Start Here
The new Start menu serves as both a launchpad and a dashboard. It helps you to see various activities at a glance on different kinds of data via Live Tiles. It is also the way to quickly access common apps.
– Windows 8′s Charms
The “charms” menu is revealed when you hover to the right side of the screen. This is the Metro version of a context menu, with the options listed behaving a little differently depending on what Metro app is in the foreground.
– Find Apps
If you need a full list of programs similar to the one in the Windows 7 Start menu, Windows 8 does have one, with links to both classic-desktop and Metro apps.
– Instant Search
Start typing in the Start menu and you’ll be taken instantly to a search page.
– Shop For Apps
Microsoft’s Store for Metro apps is gradually being populated with both new and Metro-specific apps.
– App Details
Apps in the Store come with age ratings, descriptions of their behavioral permissions, and other details.
– Search Options
Metro apps can also extend the functionality of the system in different ways. The Wikipedia app, for instance, extends Windows 8′s native search function to allow search queries to be run through Wikipedia. Clicking one of the icons beneath the search box lets you choose the context for the search.
– Share Information
Hovering at the right of the screen and selecting “Share” in a Metro app lets the currently displayed information be shared via a variety of methods. Mail and the People app are two of the most basic choices.
– Still A Clssic
If you long for the classic desktop, it’s still here, and your conventional Windows apps will run just as they always have in it. But remember that the original Start menu has been completely removed.
– Integrated Flash
The Metro-interface edition of Internet Explorer 10 now runs Flash as a natively installed version. The new Do Not Track policy, by the way, is also enabled by default in IE 10.
– Browse The SkyDrive
The Metro SkyDrive app lets you browse documents and photo galleries with a swipe of the finger.
– IE Options
Internet Explorer 10 also exists in a conventional desktop edition. If you open a page in the Metro version of IE 10, a menu option exists there to open it on the desktop.
Windows 8 Release Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
– Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
– RAM – 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
– Hard disk space – 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
– Graphics card – Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Additional requirements to use certain features:
– To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
– To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
– To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
– Internet access.
Windows 8 RC + Product Key Free Download
Windows 8 Release Preview has been throughly tested by millions of users worldwide and is stable. But I still urge you to take backup of critical data to external storage device in case something goes wrong.
- Windows 8 Release Preview English 32-bit (x86) Download: Windows8-ReleasePreview-32bit-English.iso (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9
- Windows 8 Release Preview English 64-bit (x64) Download: Windows8-ReleasePreview-64bit-English.iso (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57
- Windows 8 RC Product Key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
The above links are for the English version of the Windows 8. If you are looking for the other language versions, you can use the below URLs to download.