Windows 8 previews to expire in about three weeks’ time
The world may not have ended last week, as many doomsayers had feared (or hoped), but the continuing existence of our planet means that the various preview builds of Windows 8 will all expire next month.
Ruh-roh: could the sky already be falling on Windows 8? Nope, not yet, but that’s what a report by ad network Chitika seems to insinuate. Since ads are obviously based on metrics, Chitika has been keeping tally on the number of impressions it receives from users running the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and the company claims that number has dropped dramatically since the Dev Build launched in late September. OH NOES! But does the drop in Dev Build users really matter?
Microsoft on Tuesday released the fourth platform preview of Internet Explorer 10. Just like the one before it, this latest platform preview release is not meant for Windows 7. Instead, it requires Windows 8 Developer Preview, a pre-beta build of the next version of Windows that was released a couple of months back at Microsoft’s BUILD conference. Hit the jump for more on this release, which packs a heavier HTML5 punch than its predecessors.
With Windows 8, Microsoft is reimagining the most basic premises of personal computers. CEO Steve Ballmer recognizes the drastic changes coming in Windows 8, even calling the platform one of the biggest risks taken by the industry giant.
If you want to take the plunge and give Windows 8 a try, we don’t recommend installing Windows 8 as your primary system, but we do encourage you to take it for a spin and spend some time tinkering under the hood. So read on and we'll tell you how to do just that.
Few men can lay claim to being ahead of their time like Peter Kleissner. While most of us were busy playing around with the Windows 8 Developer Preview, this Austrian security researcher was vetting it for possible vulnerabilities. Whatever he was up to seems to have worked. Kleissner has successfully identified a vulnerability in this early version of the upcoming operating system and even posted a video of his proof-of-concept “Stoned Lite” bootkit successfully exploiting this flaw. Hit the jump for the video.