Earlier today at BUILD conference, Microsoft’s president for Windows Steven Sinofsky in his keynote address announced the release of the Developer Preview of next major release of Windows, code-named “Windows 8.” Developers can now download this pre-beta version of Windows 8 via the new Windows Dev Center.
As we learned from different sources, this ‘reimagined’ Windows 8 has a redesigned new interface that is designed to work with both touchscreens and ordinary screens and a definite shift away from the conventional Windows desktop PC. It will work on both desktop and tablets.
It features a new touch perceptive Metro user interface, runs on Intel x86 chips as well as ARM processors (work on tablets, laptops and desktops), and run anything that runs on Windows 7.
Besides, Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide variety of machines including tablets, because it will have the same or lower system requirements that Windows 7 needs. [More detail available here]
Users can now download and tryout the Developer Preview at Windows Dev Center. The download includes a 64-bit (x64) build with development tools to build apps, and a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) build without development tools. (Via)