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Windows 8 Developer Preview available for download now

Microsoft is currently showing Windows 8 off at the BUILD exhibition in California. The exhibition runs between September 13 and September 16

Windows 8 Developer Preview available for download now
The 64-bit Developer Preview download is 3.6GB in size whereas the 32-bit version stands at 2.8GB

Microsoft has made a Developer Preview of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) available for consumers to download. No activation will be required for those interested in trying the software.

Visit this page for links to the download. (Since this is far from final code, ITP.net highly recommends that users trying the Developer Code backup their existing OS and associated data before installing Windows 8.)

To run the 32-bit version of the Windows 8 Developer Preview you will need, at minimum, a 1GHz x86 processor, 1GB of system memory, a DirectX 9 compatible GPU and 16GB of hard disk space. If you intend to try the 64-bit version however, you will need a 1GHz x86-64 processor, 2GB of memory, and 20GB of hard disk space.

Microsoft is showing its much anticipated successor to Windows 7 at the BUILD conference, which is taking place in California this week (September 13 to September 16). ITP.net has also learned that Microsoft handed out prototype Samsung PCs to developers attending BUILD with the Developer Code already installed.

Windows 8 is the first version of the operating system designed to run on ARM processors, making it more suitable for tablet PCs and mobile devices. The OS will also feature two specific interfaces, a traditional Windows interface and 'Metro', a touchscreen interface with larger buttons for tablet use.

Microsoft will also launch a Windows App store.

"We re-imagined Windows," said Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. "From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise."

Microsoft is likely release Windows 8 in the first half of 2012.

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