Monthly Archives: February 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Released

If you hadn’t heard, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released this morning (you can get it at http://preview.windows.com/).  So far I have installed it on both the Build Developer Tablet and in a Virtual Machine (VMware Player) and both installs were relatively quick and painless.

So far it seems stable (5 hours in LOL).  It seems to be coming together fairly nicely.  Once I have had some time to work with it a bit, I’ll post something a bit more substantial.  For now here is some screen shots. 

The Lock Screen

LockScreen

The Start Screen

StartScreen

Notice you can now choose from a few color schemes and texture patterns for the Start Screen.  Also you can now group items.

 

The App Store

Store

 

Included Apps

Weather

Weather

 

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar.Day

 

Maps

Maps

Maps.Traffic

 

Solitaire (of course)

Solitaire

 

Visual Studio 11 Beta on Windows 8

Microsoft also released the Beta version of Visual Studio 11 this morning.  Here’s a quick shot of the new Dark Theme.

VisualStudio.11

You can download the Visual Studio 11 Beta from http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us