The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available now


— 1:14 PM on October 1, 2014

After unveiling Windows 10 yesterday, Microsoft has made the first Technical Preview of the new operating system available publicly.

Trying out the pre-release OS requires signing up to join the Windows Insider Program, which... is actually a pretty painless process, so long as you already have a Microsoft Account. All I had to do was agree to some terms and conditions, and I was immediately given a product key and directed to the ISO download links. (For what it's worth, the x64 U.S. English download weighs in at 4.1GB.)


Source: Microsoft.

You can watch the video introduction to the Technical Preview here, in case you missed it yesterday. Microsoft has also posted a list of frequently asked questions, in which it warns that the software is a "long way from done," and users should brace for frequent updates and major user-interface changes over time. The company also advises against installing the Technical Preview on a production PC, since crashes and stability issues could "damage or even delete your files."

Oh, and the Windows Technical Preview works best with a mouse and keyboard. The touch interface is functional, Microsoft says, but "some things will be rough and unfinished." I guess this thing really is being developed with desktop users in mind.

 
   
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