As you may have been following the Build Windows conference has been going on this morning, and they released a pre-beta version of Windows 8:
Now, I know that this is all about the touch-friendly UI, but I wanted to just take a spin around the block with it to check it out. However, I couldn’t get it to work on a VM right away!
Virtual PC on Windows 7 (64-bit ISO):
Virtual PC on Windows 7 (32-bit ISO):
VirtualBox (with 64-bit ISO):
VirtualBox (with 32-bit ISO) – this one worked!:
Here are a bunch of the setup screens…
After the installation, this is the new “Start” screen you are left on. Since this is on a virtual machine, and I don’t have touch on this machine, I can only interact with this, with a mouse. Things like Control Panel and Windows Explorer worked, but most of those other things don’t do anything when I clicked them (the button moved, but no app launched).
If you lock the screen – it has a “lock screen” just like Windows Phone 7 that you “slide up” to unlock. Pretty cool:
From the login screen, you restart and shutdown from the button right icon – the bottom left is for accessibility options.
If you click “Desktop” or hit the Windows key on your keyboard, it brings you back to the “old” shell. One that is weird though is that clicking on the “Start” button in the bottom left brings you back to that touch screen above. There is no more Start menu, per-se.
Anyhow – it worked well and looks very clean. I’m definitely interested in taking a look at the new developer tools they have coming out (and that were announced during Build) for developing apps for Windows 8.