Following the release preview of Windows 8, and Microsoft is now enticing developers to try their hand at building apps for the new windows 8 platform. Available as a 90–day trial, developers are encouraged to download Visual Studio 2012 from the Microsoft MSDN developer website. However, there are some caveats involved in the whole process. Here are the major points you have to take note of before downloading the RTM trial.
The Windows 8 trial will expire after 90 days and it can't be upgraded to the full version.
In order to be safe with your data, you are encouraged to run this trial in a virtual environment, or on a separate hard disk or partition so that your original windows environ can be upgraded.
After your 90-day evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black and the system will automatically shut down every hour, and any unsaved work will be lost.
What’s new in the RTM?
While there are no major changes from the release preview, here are some significant difference between the preview versions and RTM:
1) Say Goodbye to Windows Aero
You can say farewell to the glassy Aero user interface that was present in Windows Vista and 7. In the RTM version, the desktop has a clean and simple interface without the snazzy Aero graphical tweaks. This is a good change as it will save power and improve efficiency of Windows 8 on slower systems, especially tablets.
2) Get your PC a Tattoo
Windows 8 RTM allows the user to apply a tattoo to the metro start screen, which gives the screen a colorful look. Simple designs, as well as more complex patterns are available, and it just serves as a sugar coating for the users.
3) Just Bing It
A new Bing app is included with Windows 8 RTM that has the usual search for users, but uses the live tiles format to fit in metro-style. While typing, a user gets a set of tiles to auto-complete their query and launch a search.
Check It Out For Yourself!
While Windows 8 is officially set to release to consumers on October 26th, you can get a pretty good idea of what that would look like by trying out the RTM trial. However, we recommend that you create a separate partition to install it, as there is absolutely no way you can upgrade it once the trial period finishes. The official website also states that you have to activate the trial within 10 days to use it. Please feel free to try it out at this link.