NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The PC needs saving . With Windows 8, Microsoft believes it has the magic cure. It just might. I've been testing a consumer preview version of Windows 8 for the past week, and it's unlike anything I've ever seen in a PC operating system. The stunning "Metro" interface just begs you to touch and interact with it. Beautifully designed apps, ultra-simple navigation, and instinctive commands make it hard to believe Metro came from the same company that brought us Windows Vista.
<a href="http://ad5.netshelter.net/jump/ns.pocketnow/rectangle_bottom;ppos=btf;kw=;tile=4;sz=300x250;ord=7117146?" target="_blank" ><img src="http://ad5.netshelter.net/ad/ns.pocketnow/rectangle_bottom;ppos=btf;kw=;tile=4;sz=300x250;ord=7117146" border="0" alt="" /></a> After the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released this week, it took me a few hours to decide wether or not I wanted to install it on my old HP TouchSmart tm2 that I use daily and bought a while before the original iPad came out.
Microsoft’s official Win8 Twitter feed has confirmed the inevitable: Win8′s Consumer Preview, a beta version of the new operating system, was downloaded 1 million times since launch. To put this into perspective, Microsoft sold seven copies of the software a second in 2010 , and, yesterday, gave away 11 copies a second. We’re pretty bullish on the new operating system and, barring some considerable hurdles for folks used to the desktop paradigm, this looks like Microsoft’s big gamble. Considering, also, that Microsoft served up a full petabyte of data without crashing, the download process itself was quite a feat.