Microsoft tweeted that more than 1 million copies had been downloaded in the first 24 hours the beta version became available. Here’s a look at what the unique features, told through photos and screenshots from our colleagues at The Verge and the Associated Press.
Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live attends the Windows 8 Consumer Preview presentation during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. A test, or beta, version of the revamped operating system has been unveiled Wednesday in Barcelona, nudging it a step closer to its anticipated release next fall. Emilio Morenatti/ASSOCIATED PRESS Buy Photo