Windows 8 Developer Preview–Available for Download Today


I told you a few days ago the release of Windows 8 was imminent and today Microsoft confirmed on their blog they will be releasing a Developer Preview of Windows 8 later this afternoon/evening.

You probably want to try out the preview release—and you can. Starting later tonight imageyou 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

At this point it’s still unclear if you will need an MSDN subscription to grab a copy however they did say that because this is just a Beta / Dev Preview version, an upgrade from Windows 7 is not supported – you will need to do a full install.

Bummer…  It also looks like I should have tried to attend the BUILD or PDC conference this year because apparently Microsoft had an Oprah moment and gave away a new computer with Windows 8 running on it…  Good move for Microsoft.  Can’t think of a better way to get DEV’s excited about a platform.  If it’s good enough for Google, why not Microsoft!

Stay tuned for some deep coverage of Windows 8 after the release tonight.

Official Press Release on Windows 8 Dev. Preview

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