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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out now, Internet Explorer 10 also available

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Consumer Preview for Windows 8 finally unveiled, Microsoft also showing off new apps and IE10

Microsoft’s Consumer Preview, the beta of Windows 8, is out now and Microsoft have previewed Metro apps and the new Internet Explorer 10

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is, finally, out. It wasn’t without a leak beforehand – wallpapers bundled with the OS were revealed, with one featuring the Windows 7 betta fish – though Microsoft generally kept everything under wraps. In it they previewed various apps, how to switch between the Metro and desktop sides of the OS quickly and released a preview of Internet Explorer 10.

The download for the Consumer Preview comes with an ISO setup tool. The Consumer Preview is in 32- and 64-bit versions and comes in English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese. The minimum requirements for Windows 8 are the sames as Windows 7: 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage, a 1GHz processor and a graphics card that works with DirectX 9.

Regarding the Metro apps that Microsoft was showing off, Amazon – as noticed by some at the event – has created a Metro Kindle app. Microsoft themselves also showed off a WordPress app, Cut the Rope was once again demoed on another platform along with a Cookbook app (no doubt to show the variety of content on Windows 8.)

Keen-eyed viewers of the presentation also spotted a Flixster app, as mentioned by The Verge, and media apps such as The Telegraph and Daily Motion were spotted.

From Microsoft’s app contest, various third-party apps were shown off with some of the winners of the contest being: Elements, PuzzleTouch, Air Soccer and SigFig, an investment management app, along with the aforementioned Cookbook.

Microsoft also released a new version of Internet Explorer: Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. Installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will net users the new version of IE 10 and along with it, the Metro and desktop versions of it.

The latest build of Internet Explorer 10, according to The Verge, shows more performance and HTML5 improvements. In a video over at Microsoft’s IE blog, the browser is shown running a HTML5 animation at 30-40 FPS versus Chrome which only runs at 5.

Windows 8 is due for full retail release later in 2012.

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Published: Thursday, March 1st, 2012 Last Modified: March 1, 2012

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