Windows 8 Consumer Preview Tops 1 Million Downloads in 24 Hours

Paul Lilly

Maybe Windows 8 will end up a raging success after all. Power users and many in the media have criticized Microsoft's next generation operating system for being a perhaps too radical of a departure from Windows as we've known it for the past several years, changing up not only the interface in drastic fashion, but even altering the familiar logo. And maybe it's for those very reasons that so many people are flocking to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, to peek if things are truly as bad as they fear. Whatever the reason, Windows 8 is off and running to a large crowd.

Just 24 hours hours after being made available to the public, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has notched more than a million downloads, Microsoft proudly announced in a Twitter post.

"One day later...one million downloads of the [Windows 8] Consumer Preview," @BuildWindows8 tweeted .

Windows 8 introduced what Microsoft calls a Metro user interface that looks different than any previous version of Windows on the desktop. It's designed to take advantage of today's obsession with touch technology. In between the time Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Consumer Preview, there have been over 100,000 changes to the OS's codebase, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky said earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

If you want to give the Windows 8 Consumer Preview a test drive, you can download the distro here . While you're at it, be sure to check out our guide, " How To Try Windows 8 Out Today With a Dual Boot Installation or Virtualization ."

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