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Windows 8 consumer preview
All three pre-release versions of Windows 8 (Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, and Release Preview) will expire on the PC that they are installed on 20 days from now on January 15th.
In a new and massive post on the Windows 8 blog site, Microsoft talks about some of the design choices the Windows 8 team made, including some new changes for the desktop interface.
Kindred Intellect has released a new version of its Discourse Windows 8 Metro website news aggregator and offline reader, which has some improvements in its layout and navigation features.
In our latest From The Forums feature, we look at how Neowin members may be using the preview versions of Windows 8 as their primary PC operating system.
A report that claims the Windows 8 Consumer Preview allows for automatically collected contacts to be stored unencrypted on a client has been downplayed by other analysts.
Symantec has released beta versions of three of its Norton 2013 security projects, all of which support Windows 8 Consumer Preview and its Metro touch screen interface.
Figures reveal that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is being used by 0.13 percent of all Windows users, three times more than those who used the Developer Preview.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is being used over twice the amount that the Windows 7 beta was used at their same development point, according to a new Twitter message by Microsoft.
A number of new and updated Windows 8 Metro-style PC apps are now available to download for free in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview via the Windows Store feature.
A new article exposes some interesting hidden features in the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, along with some tips and shortcuts that might be helpful for power users.
Samsung has launched a dedicated website for Series 7 Slate owners that gives them help on installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version on the Windows 7-based PC.
A new version of the Windows 8 Transformation Pack has been released which makes your Windows XP, Vista or 7 PC look like the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
As expected, a new report claims only a tiny percentage of PC users worldwide are currently using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version a month after that build was launched by Microsoft.
Microsoft has launched an updated version of its Windows Phone SDK, allowing app developers for the mobile OS to create their apps using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version.
Microsoft has revealed a list of issues that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version has with the current build of Windows Home Server, along with some workarounds.
A new report from PCWorld Labs claims that the current Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 beats its immediate predecessor Windows 7 in most performance tests.
In a recent Twitter message, Microsoft says that 22.3 percent of users of the Windows 8 Consumer Edition keep their normally closed Explorer ribbon user interface expanded.
Microsoft's official Windows 8 blog site has posted a new development update, this time concentrating on the new Metro interface for the Internet Explorer 10 web browser.
Microsoft has released a beta version of its Windows 8 Device Center beta software, designed to help Microsoft-made mice and keyboards work well on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version.
We chat with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell about Start8, the new free app that creates a familiar Start menu for the Windows 8 Desktop, as well as his thoughts on Microsoft's new operating system.
Microsoft has released its first official background theme for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which takes advantage of the OS's new multi-monitor support for panoramic themes.
Microsoft has posted up a new internal interview with two of its Windows 8 team members, Chris Edmonds and Mohammad Almalkawi, as they talk about their experiences while making Windows 8.
Microsoft has updated its official Windows 8 app development blog site yet again with more information on how to make applications for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version.
As promised, Stardock has released its free Start8 app for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, adding its version of a Start menu to Windows 8's desktop user interface.
A new entry on the Windows Business blog site sees Microsoft talking about new features in Windows 8 that are designed for businesses, including being able to take 'Windows To Go' on a USB drive.
If you are using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and don't want to wait until Stardock's Start8 app is released for a desktop Start menu, there may be another way to create it.
A new post on the Windows Phone developers blog announces that the SDK for developers who make Windows Phone apps will be made available for Windows 8 in the near future.
An upcoming and free Windows 8 app from Stardock does something that many users have been wanting out of the Consumer Preview version; a way to put the Windows 8 Start menu on the desktop.
The just released Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 has some hidden tricks and features, including a way to take and save screenshots directly from Windows 8.
Microsoft has updated its new Windows 8 app development blog site, offering up more information for developers about what has been added for the Consumer Preview build.
Microsoft has revealed that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build has already been downloaded over 1 million times since its launch early on Wednesday morning.
AMD has released special drivers for many of its Radeon video cards that are designed specifically to run on the newly released Windows 8 Consumer Preview version.
Microsoft has now released the full video of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview press event from Wednesday, along with some shorter Windows 8 demo videos via YouTube.
As promised back in December, Kobo has now released a Metro version of its eReader app, via the Wndows Store, for the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build
Photobucket, the online photo and video sharing service, has announced it has a Windows 8 Metro app available to download in the Consumer Preview version of the Windows Store.
Microsoft showed off the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build at its press event today on a massive 82 inch touch screen that was created by Perceptive Pixel.
In a new interview from World Mobile Congress, a Microsoft Windows Phone executive claims that the launch of Windows 8 will actually help sales of Windows Phone-based devices.
Microsoft has revealed more information about the version of the Internet Explorer 10 web browser that is included in the just released Windows 8 Consumer Preview build.
Microsoft has revealed the winners of the Windows Store First Apps contest, with the winning apps now available to download in the Windows Store section of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
In a new entry on the official Windows 8 blog site, Microsoft gives more information on the requirements to run the Consumer Preview version, including some specific hardware features.
At today's Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch event, Microsoft said it made over 100,000 changes to the OS compared to the Windows 8 Developer Preview launched in September.
A newly leaked list claims to have the latest release candidate build number, 8284.0.winmain.120216-1840, for Microsoft's upcoming Consumer Preview version of Windows 8
Microsoft has quietly released an update to the Windows 8 Developer Preview. The sole purpose of the update is to extend its expiration date from March 11, 2012 to January 15, 2013.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview version will officially launch to the public on February 29 as part of Microsoft's activities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Another web site has posted up even more screenshots and revealed more features in the currently private beta 8220 "consumer preview" of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system