Good news, Microsoft just put out last Wednesday, 29th February 2012, their new ”Windows 8 - Consumer Preview” [Ref 01]. I had the “Developer Preview” on my beautiful tablet (gift from Samsung and Microsoft to the BUILD conference attendees last September, thank you!), but it was not that stable, so I have been patient and I was looking forward this new release.
So, I updated my tablet (I did not sell it like some did ) on Thursday 1st March and played with it for the last 2 days. I must say it is a lot more stable and it boots on my tablet in about 10 seconds : that’s a change !
I went to the “Appication Store” and started to download almost everything they had on the first page – it was free. Then, As I developer, I started to install Visual Studio 11 Beta from the link provided by “Microsoft App Dev Center page” [Ref 02]. It is only at the end of the installation that I noticed it was “Express edition” and not “Ultimate” or “Pro” edition. This was not the edition I wanted – sorry, nothing wrong with “Express” : it is a fantastic product and its is free, but I am used to “Pro” and “Ultimate”. So, after half-hour of installation I am reduced to unsinstall “Visual Studio 11 Beta Express Edition” and start again.
Wait a minute ! Where is the “Add/Remove Programs” on Windows 8?
I spent nearly 15 minutes to find out where “Add/Remove Programs” is located now. I hope this is something that Microsoft will improve. Here are the steps I had to do (I will talked about the gestures I did as I am running this on my tablet):
I hope this helps.
If like me you want to install VS 11 Beta Ultimate edition see [Ref-03].
Happy “swiping” on the new Windows 8.