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Windows 8 Available for Download via Microsoft Connect, Reportedly

Microsoft is broadening the testing program for the next major iteration of Windows, according to various sources.

Reports indicate that Windows 8 bits are now available for download through Microsoft Connect, the Redmond company’s distribution and feedback hub for pre-release software.

It appears that the software giant has started offering an early development milestone of Windows 8 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and that’s why the release is offered through Connect.

Of course, Windows 8 can only be downloaded on an invitation-basis only. An incomplete download link has already made its way in the wild, but it’s all but useless since it does not feature the invitation code designed to allow access to Windows 8.

Early adopters that have received invitations to test Windows 8 can download Build 7971.0.110324-1900, reports reveal.

Of course, the Redmond company has yet to confirm the broadening of the Windows 8 testing process, or any detail on the upcoming version of Windows for that matter.

Source: Windows 8 Available for Download via Microsoft Connect, Reportedly - Softpedia
 

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windows-8-build-7971.rar Downloads from Hotfiles, Rapidshare, and more! Gigabit Downloads

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If Win8 beta/leak follows the Win7 beta/leak process, it's going to get real interesting. Many many many alleged leaks, some real ones, sometimes no leaks, sometimes many real leaks. It is a process that taskes on a life of its own, separates the men/women from the boys/girls. Enjoy!
 

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It is real BTW. Just a matter of time now ;)

do you think it will be today?

i got my other system ready and waiting.
 

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That fast!

I was not expecting leaks until May or June...

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MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8 M2-FINAL DAYS TO APPEAR IN THE NETWORK.
We are waiting for leaks in the network of the final assembly of Windows 8 M2 Build 7971.0.110324-1900.
This assembly became available for the expanded group of testers and OEM partners on the site of Microsoft Connect, to these weekends, you can expect leakage of the assembly in the network.
Now we are working on the M3, M3, after two months worth waiting for CTP, Beta 1, so wait and wait ...
Uncle-ЦЯ
 
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True or not, I can't test it unless I install it on a crappy VM.
 

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so far nothing too exciting. it's nice to see they are changing the "look" of the start menu/task bar. I'm more looking forward to User Interface changes, but it seems they are working on that aspect, hopefully. At school I was waiting for the new updates. Hopefully more user interface changes coming soon.
 

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