Windows 8 is the latest version of the Windows operating system developed by the Microsoft Corporation. This personal computer operating system is developed as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. The development of the Windows 8 operating system started before the release of its predecessor, the Windows 7 OS, which was released in 2009. It was announced at the CES 2011 and then followed by the release of the three pre-release versions from the month September 2011 to May 2012. This operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1 2012 and was released to the general public on October 26 2012.
If you have a PC that runs Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating systems, you may navigate to the windows.com website to buy your own upgrade copy of the Windows 8 Pro edition, which is the professional edition. You can buy this for 39.99 dollars. This price is extremely reasonable and it will stay valid until January 2013.
Before releasing the full version of the Windows 8 OS, Microsoft had offered a release preview edition that allows the enthusiasts to evaluate the new OS before switching to the new version. Now that the complete version of Windows 8 is available, the release preview of the OS has been pulled from the website of Microsoft.
If you wish to try out the Windows 8 operating system before going for the upgrade pack, you can follow the method that is discussed in this article. You can turn on your computer, then navigate to the msdn.microsoft.com website, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. You will be able to find the links to download the 90-day free trial of the Windows 8 OS. Microsoft provides these evaluation copies for the developers but even the consumers can download this to install Windows 8 and try it.
These are just the evaluation copies and they will expire in 90 days. The user will not be able to upgrade to the final edition from this evaluation copy. The user should make a bootable DVD from the evaluation ISO and then set it up in dual boot environment or you may set up a Virtual Machine.
These are the steps to download and install Windows 8 for testing its efficiency in your computer. If you have any doubts, you can contact out technical support team for further assistance.