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Windows 8 released to manufactures, and general availability announced.

Yesterday (August 1st 2012) Microsoft announced that Windows 8 had been released to manufactures.   This means it's out of beta!   They also announced general availability (aka the day you'll be able to buy it) as being October 26th 2012.

 

Read more here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/08/01/releasing-windows-8-august-1-2012.aspx

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How-To: Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on VMWare Workstation 8

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released today (02/29/2012).  If you want to try it out, there's no better way to do it than with a Virtual Machine using VMWare Workstation 8.  As a reminder, only version 8 will work with Windows 8, so if you're still using version 7, it's time to upgrade.   If you installed the Developer Preview last year, than you should have no trouble installing the Consumer Preview, as the steps are nearly identical.    There are only some minor cosmetic difference for the install process.   If you haven't installed Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8 before, follow the guide I published last year.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview available today!

Happy Leap Day! 

The Windows 8 Consumer preview is available for download here.

It is available in 5 different languages, including English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.   The 64-bit ISO is 3.3GB and the 32-bit ISO is 2.5GB.   Product key is on the download page.

 

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How-To: Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VMware Workstation 8

Today I'm going to show you how to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on VMware Workstation 8.  The Windows 8 Developer Preview was just released last night (09/13/2011), and VMware Workstation 8 was just released today (09/14/2011).  
 

UPDATE: If you came here because the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released today (02/29/2012), this guide is good for this new release too!  There are a few cosmetic changes to the install, but everything is essentially the same.
 
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Windows 8's new "BSOD"

Windows 8 has a new "BSOD", or "Blue Screen of Death".   Microsoft apparently tried to make it look a little friendlier.

Notice how it suggests you search for the error online.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview Available Tonight

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Microsoft announced that they will be releasing the Windows 8 Developer preview "later this week".  According to PCMag.com, it will be available at 8PM Pacific time tonight. 

 

Keep an eye on the Windows Dev Center, as the download will be posted there.
 

 

I'll be downloading it and writing up a full review as soon as I can.
 
 

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Windows 8 to use fewer resources.

During his keynote speech today, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky demonstrated the resource useage of Windows 8 on an old Lenovo Netbook.

Windows 8 is set to use almost 50% less RAM than Windows 7.  It shed a few processes, and uses significantly less CPU resources.
 

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