We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Windows 8 Preview Release Downloadable Tonight

Microsoft will post a Windows 8 developer preview release on its developer website.

Want to give Windows 8's new look a try? Starting tonight, you'll be able to download a Windows 8 developer preview release straight from Microsoft.

The Windows 8 preview code will be available as an ISO file at 8 p.m. Pacific time from Microsoft's developer website. You'll have a choice of 32-bit or 64-bit x86 builds, with or without developer tools. Sample apps -- a Twitter client, a Facebook client, games and more -- are also included.

See also: Microsoft Windows 8 review

Because this is prerelease code, a clean install is required. "It is not a beta release," Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky wrote in a blog post. "We will be updating the release with various quality updates and drivers over the coming weeks/months just to exercise our overall update and telemetry mechanisms."

Windows 8 is a major overhaul to Microsoft's PC operating system. It's designed with touchscreens in mind, launching into a Metro-style user interface with touch-friendly apps, but it also accommodates standard input devices. The traditional Windows desktop is represented as an app within the broader Windows 8 interface, and the preview build already supports Windows 7 applications.

For more on Windows 8, check out Jason Cross' hands-on preview of the developer build on a prototype tablet.

Follow Jared on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ for even more tech news and commentary.

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK: Get bargains on phones, tablets, laptops and more this Black...

IDG UK Sites

Tomorrow's World today (or next year)

IDG UK Sites

25 iOS apps turn (Red) for World AIDS Day campaign

IDG UK Sites

Advanced tips for Mac OS X Yosemite: use Yosemite like an expert - 5 new tips added