Windows 8 Developer Preview has only been out for a few hours now but we have some screenshots for you that will give you an idea of what to expect, in case you are not planning on trying it out for yourself or your download is taking ages. Either way, we got you covered with some lovely screenshot action!
The Windows 8 Developer Preview that was offered to the public is a pre-beta and its build string is 8102.winmain_win8m3.110830 We can tell from the build string that this is a Milestone 3 build and was compiled on August 30th.
For the most part, 8102 installed without a glitch on VirtualBox. Windows 8 booted pretty fast and immediately showcased the new Start Screen. In the start screen, you will see the Desktop app. Clicking the Desktop app will take you to the classic desktop look. If you click the start button, it takes you back to the Start Screen. I found this kinda annoying at first, but you get used to it. Also, if you hit the Start button on your keyboard, it flips you between the Start Screen and the Desktop.
The new control panel can be accessed via the Start Screen and offers a much better organization of settings using the new Metro UI. You can, however, visit the classic control panel, but the features there do not appear to work.
Windows Media Player 12 and Internet Explorer 10 are both present and work great. Unfortunately, we could not immediately find Windows Media Center. Perhaps it will be added later.
One thing we noticed was how fast and responsive the new Windows Explorer Ribbon-interface was. Considering what kind of test machine we used (virtual!), it was pretty fast.
We will continue to keep you updated on the Build Developer Conference as more Windows 8 news is made readily available. In the mean time, enjoy build 8102 and let us know in the comments below how you are liking the developer preview build. Was it worth the wait?