Download Windows 8 Developer Edition now! Microsoft Windows 8 is now publicly available for download and testing. It is a pre-beta release meaning that it should not be installed in a production environment. Here are some of the features of Windows 8:
Metro Style UI
Windows 8 introduces a beautiful new user interface (UI) designed specifically for touch. From typography to animations, Windows 8 allows you to experience your PC effortlessly and simply.
Powered by Apps
Immersive apps in Windows 8 are the focal point of your PC experience. Apps are clean, beautiful, dynamic, and effortlessly keep you up-to-date on the latest news, weather, social media updates and more.
Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, and it features many improvements in performance, security, privacy and system reliability.
Developing for Windows 8
Great apps start with great developers. Windows 8 gives developers a modern platform and wealth of tools to create rich app experiences that come alive with vibrant, dynamic content. Apps truly take center stage, allowing for fluid, lively experiences.
A New Generation of Hardware
Windows 8 works beautifully across a wider choice of devices and chipsets..
Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
Download Windows 8 Developers Edition
Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD Windows 8 (4.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.
- 64-bit Windows Developer Preview
- Windows SDK for Metro style apps
- Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
- Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
- 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD Windows 8(3.6 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
DOWNLOAD Windows 8(2.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.
Update: Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 beta has been released. Please download it instead of the above downloads.