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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