As Microsoft gets poised to release it’s newest incarnation of Windows, Windows 8, they have released a consumer preview version for people to try out for free. For all intensive purposes, this is a beta version, so things might not work perfectly but its nonetheless a great way to try it out for free before Microsoft releases the commercial versions for sale.
Here is the link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download
If you plan on downloading and installing this, we recommend that you do it on an unused, spare computer or that you install it inside of a virtual machine. You wouldn’t want to run this as your main operating system anyway as it is a beta version. As always, please backup any important data first. If you don’t know what you are doing or don’t feel comfortable installing Windows 8, then please don’t. You can always post questions as a comment to this post and we will assist you from there.
Windows 8 looks to be Windows 7 with a new interface (or front end) that will be handy for tablet users (and other mobile devices). The “Metro” theme incorporates lots of quick shortcuts in a graphical manner. I’m sure most people who are using a desktop will want to disable this as it’s more adept for touchscreen devices.
In any case, give it a spin and let us know your thoughts.