Friday, March 2, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

On 29 February 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Windows 8 Consumer Preview can be installed in a multi-boot setup with other Windows versions or can be upgraded from Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 8 Developer Preview without being able to keep the old programs. For the first time since Windows 95, the trademark Windows "Start" button will no longer appear - instead being replaced by a sliding panel-based menu. Also, Microsoft has announced the list of compatible virtualization products that can be used to install Windows 8

 Consumer Preview, which include Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview, Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2, VMware Workstation 8.0.2 for Windows, VirtualBox 4.1.8 for Windows, Parallels Workstation 6 for Windows, Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows and XenDesktop 5.5 Windows president Steven Sinofsky said more than 100,000 changes had been made since the developer version went public. In the first day of its release the consumer preview was downloaded one million times.