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Windows 10 technical preview available now

Developer preview of new OS comes just two days after announcement

Windows 10 technical preview available now
The preview is only for IT-savvy power users looking to give feedback on the software

Microsoft has released the technical preview of its Windows 10, just two days after the company announced its next-gen operating system.

Releasing a developer preview for enthusiasts and IT professionals so early on is a rare move for Microsoft. However, it appears as if Redmond is trying to distance itself from the practices that led up to the release of Windows 8 - the name Windows 10 is itself an indication that the vendor wants to separate the latest release from the last in the minds of consumers.

On the download site for the Windows 10 preview, Microsoft warns that the operating system will have bugs and issues, and is only for IT-savvy power users looking to give feedback on the software. IT professionals are encouraged to try it out to begin testing their existing enterprise systems with Windows 10.

Microsoft has also created a special insider programme, which will deliver regular updates throughout the development period. According to Microsoft, members of the programme will get the very latest updates as soon as they are made available.

The release is available as an ISO download, meaning it can be installed on a virtual machine, or be run as a clean OS on a spare machine. Microsoft warns users against running the OS preview on a working machine, as there will definitely be bugs to fix - part of the reason why Microsoft is releasing the preview so early is to find and iron out as many bugs as possible before the official launch.

While no official launch date has been given, Windows 10 is slated to be released in Spring 2015.

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