A: Microsoft has released its highly anticipated Beta version of Windows 8, called the Consumer Preview. Users and enthusiasts can now download and test the Consumer Preview for free. The new release works well with keyboard and mouse -- not just with touch-based systems.
Along with the Beta version, you can also get your first peek at the Windows Store, the app store built into Windows 8.
Below are some great resources around the Windows "8" Beta and Consumer Preview.
Window Server 8
- Windows Server “8” Beta Download
- Windows Server “8” Beta Download on MSDN
- Windows Server “8” Starter Page
- Windows Server “8” DataSheet
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download ISOs
- Windows 8 Starter Page
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Video
- Windows 8 Product Guide (great document!)
Windows 8 Miscellaneous
- Building Windows 8 Blog
- Windows 8 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- Windows 8 Remote Server Administration Tools for Consumer Preview (remote management of Server 8 from Windows 8 Client)
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business
- Windows 8 Compatibility Cookbook
- Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta (enables Windows 8 Server Manager to manage Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 servers)