Windows 8 beta
Windows 8 beta beta hit the Web on February 29, 2012 and on
the same day 1 million copies had been downloaded. On that same day the company demoed its next generation of
Windows at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.At its MWC demo Microsoft tried to highlight the advantages of Windows 8
among an array of devices, including tablets and PCs. The company sees the new OS as a way to unify the experience among
mobile gadgets and computers.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download as either a traditional setup.exe file
<http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download> or ISO images
<http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso> that can be burned onto a DVD or copied to a USB drive.
Features new to Windows 8
Windows 8 features a new Metro -style interface that is designed for
touchscreen , mouse, keyboard, and pen input. It also adds support for the ARM
processor architecture in addition to the previously supported x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD .
The Metro environment will feature a new tile-based Start screen similar
to the Windows Phone operating system. Each tile will represent an application, and will be able to display relevant
information such as the number of unread messages on the tile for an
email app or the current temperature on a weather application. Metro-Style applications run in full-screen, and are able to share
information between each other using "contracts". They will be available through the new Windows Store
Metro-Style apps are developed with the new Windows Runtime platform using various programming languages;
including C++ , Visual Basic , C# , and HTML .