Free Apps for Windows 8 Consumer Preview Users
Article by George Norman
On 02 Mar 2012
On top of a new touch optimized Metro interface and new ways to connect with others via social technologies, Windows 8 introduces apps. It’s not just Windows 8 Consumer Preview (aka Window 8 Beta) that has been rolled out to the general public. Alongside the operating system Microsoft rolled out a Beta version of the Windows Store, an app store where you can find various Metro style apps from Microsoft and 3rd party developers.

The news is that you can get apps for Windows 8 Consumer Preview for free – and as Microsoft put it, the more apps you have, the better and more enjoyable your experience will be. The apps available in Windows Store Beta will remain free during the Consumer Preview. And as a little side note, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is also offered free of charge.


In the Windows Store there are lists of top apps, staff recommendations, and personalized suggestions or recommendations. Windows 8 users can enjoy their apps on multiple devices – the operating system lets them take their apps and settings with them across multiple PCs.

Late last year Microsoft released Windows 8 Developer Preview and the release was a success. The Dev Preview was downloaded more than 3 million times. There are many differences between the Dev and the Consumer Preview. Microsoft explained that it made more than 100,000 code changes to the operating system since it launched the Dev Preview. Consequently the Consumer Preview “offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system.”

The system requirements for Windows 8 are pretty low. If your machine is already running Window 7 effortlessly, it will not have a problem running Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If you want to download the Consumer Preview, get a taste of what Windows 8 is like, and download apps for free from the Windows Store, you can get the operating system straight from Microsoft here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8, Consumer Preview, Windows Store, Apps
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