Microsoft just announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview, the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system is now available to download in 14 different languages for anyone interested in trying it out. If you want to try it out, the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO files are about 2.5GB in size for the 32-bit and 3.3GB for the 64-bit. More details after the jump.
According to Microsoft, customers testing the Windows 8 Release Preview will also experience tens of thousands of refinements across the product, such as increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved multimonitor support, refinements to the way people find and download apps through the Windows Store, and new Family Safety features. The new Internet Explorer 10 redefines browsing, particularly for touch-enabled devices. The Web is as fast and fluid as any app, and with new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview such as “flip ahead,” it is just as intuitive. A touch-friendly and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player is now integrated into Internet Explorer 10, and it is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default, giving customers more choice and control over their privacy.
Beginning June 2, 2012, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets. Consumers who purchase eligible Windows 7 PCs that are preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity through January 31, 2013 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available (the program expires in February 2013).
Windows 8 Release Preview System Requirements:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 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
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
Once downloaded, just burn the ISO disc image to a DVD or copying it to a USB flash drive.
- In order to use the Snap feature, you will need a PC with a 1366x768 resolution or higher.
- To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.