Today, Microsoft have released the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidate (or Release Preview) builds to the public for testing and feedback.
I’ve compiled a list of the downloads that Microsoft has made available. If anyone has anything to add, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
Windows 8 Release Preview – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate – http://www.tomontech.com/2012/05/windows-server-2012-release-candidate-now-available/
Windows Assessement and Deployment Kit – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29929
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972
In case you missed this as I did, Intel have released an updated beta HD Graphics Driver for use with Windows 8.
I installed this on my Samsung Series 7 slate and many of the graphics related glitches I saw have gone away.
These drivers may come in handy soon as the release of the Windows 8 Release Preview is happening soon. Its possible that the Release Preview build has even newer drivers in the build than these, but it is unlikely.
32-bit download – http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=21235&lang=eng
64-bit download – http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=21180&lang=eng
Today, Samsung have released drivers and guidance for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on their Series 7 Slate.
Included are firmware and driver update directions, system backup dirextions, an updated driver for the rotation sensor, and updated firmware for the touch screen.
All information can be found at http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/
If you’re like me and you use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to access corporate resources, you may have noticed that it doesn’t want to work out of the box on Windows 8.
You might see error messages like “The VPN Client driver has encountered an error.” or “Cannot initiate VPN.”
Turns out there is a quick and easy fix for this.
From the Start screen type “regedit” or press the Windows Key+R and type “regedit” and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesvpnva
Double-click on the DisplayName key, and remove the INF information from the display name so that it appears as Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64. (or the 32-bit / x86 equivalent)
Click OK. Close Registry Editor and launch the AnyConnect client. The connection should work normally.
This morning, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows Server “8” beta. Windows Server “8” is the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 and is a member of the Windows 8 family.
Microsoft has four pillars around the release of Windows Server “8”:
– Windows Server “8” goes beyond virtualization – With this release, Microsoft is building an infrastructure capable of running much more than a simple virtual machine. Features are being built in that enable new public and private cloud based scenarios.
– Windows Server “8” brings the power of many servers and the simplicity of one – New features are added that enable users to take better advantage of commodity storage, provide simplification to server management, and provide uptime in a better and more cost-effective manner.
– Windows Server “8” is designed for every app and every cloud – Server “8” will enable flexibility in deploying applications on-premise or in the cloud or a combination thereof using similar tools and frameworks. Windows Server “8” will be highly scalable and elastic providing for better density and efficiency, as well as providing a better platform for hosting providers.
– Windows Server “8” enables the modern workstyle – Server “8” enables enterprises to offer access to corporate data and applications on any device while providing a secure and seamless experience no matter where users are in the world.
Microsoft’s Bill Laing has a post for more on Windows Server “8” that I highly suggest reading.
If you want to download and evaluate Windows Server “8”, click here.
In the interest of speed, here are the download links for Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta.
5MB ESD Download link – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISOs – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
Today at an event in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft have announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
The consumer preview builds on the developer preview that was released last year during Microsoft’s Build conference. While the previous release was aimed at being mostly an API complete release, today’s release is about consumers and the features consumers will be using within Windows 8.
I don’t yet have an exhaustive list of what’s included in the Consumer Preview, but I wanted to touch on some of the key themes involved with Windows 8:
Metro-style interface – Continuing with the design experience as introduced with Windows Phone, Microsoft is bringing Metro to the desktop with Windows 8. This is huge. Microsoft is give Windows a radical facelift and this doesn’t even begin to include the improvements to the Windows desktop.
Touch-centric interaction – Windows 8 is designed to be touch-centric. What this means is that Microsoft is intending for touch to be the primary interaction, but they haven’t forgotten about mouse and keyboard users either. The Consumer Preview is expected to contain many improvements for mouse and keyboard users.
App Stores are all the rage – Following in the steps of the Windows Phone Marketplace as well as Apple’s Mac App Store and the Android Market, Microsoft is introducing the Windows App Store. The App Store will be used for distributing new Metro-style Apps as well as a listing service for Desktop apps.
A key word that Microsoft has used over and over again is “reimagined.” Windows 8 is exactly that. Reimagined.
For more about Windows 8 or to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, visit http://preview.windows.com