Microsoft, as promised, released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday during their special event outside Mobile World Congress 2012. Yes, they had this little tent like structure set up just to announce the Consumer Preview and all the new features they’ve added to it.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a much refined and faster beta version that brings quite a lot of new stuff to the table. Firstly, the old Start button has been removed and is now replaced by a Charms Bar that appears on the right side of the screen. To reveal the Charms Bar, you’ll either have to point to the top or bottom left corner of the tablet or desktop/laptop. It also brings the new and simplified Windows 8 logo, some new apps and a handful of other bug fixes and performance improvements.
You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft’s official website. It’s available in the form of ISO or a Setup file that downloads the ISO and then extracts it and so on. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, so download what suits your computer best. This is going to be a huge improvement over the previous versions of Windows, so if you were giving up on it, then you should give this a try.
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Here’s the link to the official Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview download page, just in case you are looking for the same version in other languages. Try it and let us know what you think of the new and improved Windows.