Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka Beta is out

Windows 8

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka the beta version of Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com. The ISO files can be downloaded directly from here.

The system requirements/recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
  • Metro style applications require a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature.

Full details can be found at Building Windows 8 Blog

Microsoft has also released a Product Guide for Windows 8 Consumer preview, which you can download from here [PDF].

System Requirements: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

In my previous post Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview, as pointed out by Ganesh I didn’t mention the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview.

So here it is:

Component Requirement
Computer and processor 500 MHz processor or higher
Memory 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher
Hard disk 2 gigabytes (GB). A part of this disk space is free after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard disk.
Drive CD-ROM drive or DVD drive
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor
Operating system Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (32-bit), Windows Vista® with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2008 with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems) are supported.
Additional Requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.

The requirements is same as Office 2007, which is very good and the other thing to note is that the 64-bit Office 2010 is not supported on Windows XP 64-bit and Microsoft has no plans to support it in future either

Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

As mentioned in the previous post, I am testing the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, so here’s how the install process went.

The installer for Office 2010 Professional x64 is 598 MB and contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. There is a separate installer for Visio (342 MB), InfoPath (281 MB), SharePoint Designer (75 MB) and SharePoint Workspace (246 MB).

Right now I have only installed the Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview x64 pack.

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