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1 Million Downloads of Windows 8 Consumer Preview On Day One, Microsoft

Microsoft’s official Windows 8 Twitter account @BuildWindows8 has confirmed the inevitable: Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloaded 1 million times since launch.

“One day later…one million downloads of the consumer preview,” tweeted Building Windows 8.

To put this into perspective, Microsoft sold seven copies of the software a second in 2010, and, yesterday, gave away 11 copies a second.

You can read more about Windows 8 Consumer Preview and download the Consumer Preview and releated resources in our post Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview with IE10 PP5 and “Product Guide for Business”.

On February 24, we reported about the possible Windows 8 SKUs revelaed through a HP driver document. Now, Windows8Beta while scrolling through Windows 8 Consumer Preview’s registry found a list of SKUs for the operating system.

The registry keys indicate that there will be more than just three versions of Windows 8, in fact it could be more than the amount of SKUs for Windows 7.

When you take the new SKUs in the Windows 8 registry by themselves, this is what you get.

  • “EnterpriseEval” ? Windows 8 Enterprise
  • “prereleaseARM” ? Windows 8 ARM Edition
  • “prerelease” ? Windows 8 (standard)
  • “ProfessionalPlus” ? Windows 8 Professional

Windows 8 Consumer Previews revelas potential SKUs

Asus’s global head of handheld devices, Benson Lin, speaking with Pocket-lint at MWC, said: “We are very, very, very close and work hard with Microsoft.” When pressed for specifics on the company’s Windows 8 tablet, Lin’s response was cryptic, to say the least: “If you are Microsoft, which partner will you select? It is very simple.”

Reinforcing the ‘closeness’ of the partnership, Lin offered a little insider knowledge about Microsoft’s CEO: “Steve Ballmer only uses the Asus Ultrabook. I just came from meeting Microsoft last week, and they told me Ballmer only uses our Zenbook.”

AMD released a special set of graphics drivers for a number of Radeon based cards that are designed specifically to be run on Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

AMD’s Catalyst Driver 8.93.7 RC10 can be run on the following video cards:

  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000M Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD A-Series APU
  • AMD C-Series APU
  • AMD E-Series APU
  • AMD FirePro Series
  • AMD FIrePro 3D Series

The release notes for these special drivers offer up some info about the driver’s features, including support for stereo 3D, optimized screen rotation and more. There’s also support for AMD’s proprietary graphics features such as the Eyefinity multi-monitor support and CrossFireX multi-video card support.

You can download the drivers here, and read the full release notes here.

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