Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available to Download

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has published the highly anticipated Consumer Preview copy of Windows 8. Available as a public download, the Consumer Preview build includes access to Metro style applications and the over 100,000 changes Microsoft has made since the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

The Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Microsoft’s minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card — the exact same requirements as Windows 7.

Find the links below or you can download it from here.

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64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Microsoft 8 New Logo Made on a Mac

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Microsoft 8 New Logo Made on a Mac

Microsoft 8 New Logo Made on a Mac

Following to the officially confirmed Microsoft Windows 8 New logo, and some humor around, I have discovered that its actually made on a Mac. By digging inside the metadata for the original logo, the above image, also located on Microsoft Blog here.

Check it out yourself or see the image metadata below before the original file pulled up:
Microsoft 8 New Logo Made on a Mac

Microsoft 8 New Logo Made on a Mac

Microsoft Officially Unveiled New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

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Microsoft New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft New Metro-style Windows 8 Logo

After Apple‘s OS X Mountain Lion announcement yesterday, Microsoft has unwrapped the new Windows 8 branding. Inspired by metro, the new logo is something Microsoft to brag about in the upcoming months.

The logo uses flat colors and clean lines and shapes to convey the message of Metro and will change color based on the core theme color used in Windows 8. “When you change your color, the logo changes to reflect you,” explained Moreau. Microsoft will use the logo in the new charms bar for Windows 8, adopting the chosen theme accent color. We are expecting to see the new logo in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, due on February 29th.

Personally, this simple approach is one of many reasons let me unwillingly waiting for Windows 8. I just love glossy effects in Windows vista/7 but Windows 8 had to sacrifice that to, apparently, increase performance and in favor to the damned metro interface. Here is a look at various Windows Logos over years:

Windows Logos Over Years

Windows Logos Over Years

“We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic,” said Microsoft’s Sam Moreau on the official Windows blog. The window is slanted somewhat, in keeping with the manner in which many of the Metro UI’s elements – such as live tiles – behave.

What a parody indeed, Digging inside the metadata for the original logo file showing its made on a Mac check it out here

Whats you opinions regarding the new logo? Is it simple, beautiful or underwhelming?

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