Today is a big day here at Microsoft. This morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it was announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) is now released.
At the conference, several key points were discussed and demonstrated.
- Broad range of product changes and improvements that were made between the Developer Preview and the Consumer Preview.
- Windows Store with new apps. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft.
- Connecting to the cloud across Windows-based PCs and Windows Phone. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers seamless integration with the content people care about across their devices.
- Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. The best way to experience the Web on Windows is with Internet Explorer 10.
- Preview of new hardware capabilities. Showcasing Windows 8 running on a wide range of new x86 and ARM-based reference hardware.
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This is an exciting day here and hope that everyone can download and try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) and see what everyone is talking about.