Steve Ballmer: 500,000 Downloads of Windows 8 already

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, took the stage during the second keynote at BUILD in Anaheim, California. He made the announcement that there has already been over 500,000 downloads of the Windows 8 developer preview.

Windows 8 developer preview only launched late last night, and has already begun spreading to developers, enthusiasts and general users who are desperate to get their hands on the latest operating system from Microsoft. The new operating system brings a fresh new interface, a bunch of new features, greater performance for desktops and a brand new interface for tablet users called Metro.

The Metro interface will give tablet users a larger interface for touch screens, with a tile based operating system, similar to Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has spent the greater part of the last year to really speed up development of Windows 8 and it definitely shows off that the company is still innovating and still manages to keep Windows enthusiasts at the edge of their seats.

You can get your hands on Windows 8 Developer Preview here. Users should note that this is a developer preview only and isn't meant to be used as a primary desktop.

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Sraf said,
I count for three

Two for me! I put it onto an old machine from 2005 last night, and it runs beautifully. It's going to take some time for me to get accustomed to the new functionality of the start button, but I'm really pretty impressed. What I really like is that this new functionality is built into rather than on top of Windows like Media Center is.
I only had a couple issues, too. First, I was unable to install .Net 3.5. The other problem is that although I could install Flash for the normal desktop experience IE 10, it's not working in the chromeless Metro IE 10.

Skwerl said,

Two for me! I put it onto an old machine from 2005 last night, and it runs beautifully. It's going to take some time for me to get accustomed to the new functionality of the start button, but I'm really pretty impressed. What I really like is that this new functionality is built into rather than on top of Windows like Media Center is.
I only had a couple issues, too. First, I was unable to install .Net 3.5. The other problem is that although I could install Flash for the normal desktop experience IE 10, it's not working in the chromeless Metro IE 10.

.NET 3.5 Worked for me , after i installed live Wave 4 that is if that related somehow

We've been playing around with it at work. I'm amazed at how fast apps open. IE 10 takes no time at all launch.

FMH said,
500, 000 in a single day?

That's hilarious!

A few months ago, Apple was bragging about a million downloads in one day - and that was a shipping OS that was putting its self in users faces through the App store. This is a beta, that was not advertised anywhere just word of mouth between tech geeks.

Yes, there is a difference in market share between OSX and Win, but that is the point. A million - pfft, that is small potatoes.

nohone said,

A few months ago, Apple was bragging about a million downloads in one day - and that was a shipping OS that was putting its self in users faces through the App store. This is a beta, that was not advertised anywhere just word of mouth between tech geeks.

Yes, there is a difference in market share between OSX and Win, but that is the point. A million - pfft, that is small potatoes.


Ha, not even a beta. A developers preview.

Windows beta gets millions of downloads, and Microsoft's servers crash because of it.

kaffra said,
downloads are still quite slow, only getting 200-300 KB/s

Huh, I got mine last night at 3MB/s (yes, capital B)

kaffra said,
downloads are still quite slow, only getting 200-300 KB/s

really? I was pulling 1.9MB/s last might and I can get it at 1.85MB/s right now

kaffra said,
downloads are still quite slow, only getting 200-300 KB/s

I had the same issue, luckily some clever bugger had a torrent going that is using Microsoft's web-seed as a source.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

really? I was pulling 1.9MB/s last might and I can get it at 1.85MB/s right now


Started when it was released and it finished after I woke up today… - Guess it took about 10h. Now I just have to figure out how to get it running on Virtual PC^^

smooth3006 said,
how about we get the number of people that took one look at it and uninstalled?

I did after one hour. Took off all my programs. And I did the upgrade. Luckily I had a image back up of win 7 with everything on it before I installed win 8 previe. I wasn't to impressed with it.

eKoDaniel said,

I did after one hour. Took off all my programs. And I did the upgrade. Luckily I had a image back up of win 7 with everything on it before I installed win 8 previe. I wasn't to impressed with it.

Well, it is a developer preview... It's not meant to be finished, and definitely not meant to be used as a day-to-day OS. It's primarily for software developers to get an idea of what changes have happened and how they can make use of the new features and subsystems. Hence the name, Developer Preview.

smooth3006 said,
how about we get the number of people that took one look at it and uninstalled?

I doubt there were many of those. It's a lot more efficient to just look at screenshots if you're such a pansy that you're not going to go stick with it and explore a while.

Esvandiary said,

Well, it is a developer preview... It's not meant to be finished, and definitely not meant to be used as a day-to-day OS. It's primarily for software developers to get an idea of what changes have happened and how they can make use of the new features and subsystems. Hence the name, Developer Preview.

Ya that is true. Seem weird playing with win 8 I felt lost I'm like. Holy hell lol

Esvandiary said,

Well, it is a developer preview... It's not meant to be finished, and definitely not meant to be used as a day-to-day OS. It's primarily for software developers to get an idea of what changes have happened and how they can make use of the new features and subsystems. Hence the name, Developer Preview.

And Immersive/Metro is *why* it's not meant to be used as a daily OS - look at how harsh it's being treated by the general-users here on Neowin alone. The userbase is scared stiff - the fear is that desktop-centricity is going away. I haven't installed any games yet; however, so far, not a single application that was installed in 7 has failed to either install OR run in the Developer Preview. It's at least as stable as 7 x64+SP1 (unheard-of for a Developer Preview), and application performance is as fast as, or faster than, the aforementioned 7. Substance, not style, FTW, please.

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