Flavors of the new Microsoft Windows 8

Godwin Bassey is a System Administrator, and an enthusiastic blogger with particular interests in concept devices, automobile tech, audio video tech, computing, gizmos & mobile devices. You can follow him on twitter – @DaTecNerd.

Remember we wrote a while back about the Windows 8 Preview, well here’s more news for you. It’s grown from rumors to truth. The Windows 8  is really here. Well not here yet, but soon. To prove that, Microsoft has finally released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the public – that is everyone, not just techies.

However, before get all excited to press the download button, be warned that the file sizes range from 2.5 to 3.3 GB depending on your preference between the 32-bit or 64-bit versions, so you will have to sacrifice quite some time and data capacity.

Already Knew That, So What’s New?

We’ve known for what feels like ages that Windows 8 would come in at least two flavors: one supporting x86 devices and one for ARM machines. Now Microsoft’s ready to put a naming scheme on its much-anticipated menu for the operating system. According to a post on the Windows blog, ARM devices will get Windows RT, while x86 / 64 devices will run Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (also for x86 devices) will offer the suit-and-tie set added features for “encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity.” Windows Media Center will be packaged as an add-on for the folks who go Pro.


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