By Richard Hay for Windows Observer
Well we have arrived in the month of February and that means the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is due out later this month. As I wrote about yesterday the preparations seem to be starting to bring the next step in the development process to the public and I can see the buzz starting to increase on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Whatever the update brings us it is certainly going to add at least one element to the developing OS that we have not seen yet and that is the Windows Store. The Windows Store is going to be the marketplace for Metro style apps for Windows. Microsoft has been working with partners and hosting a contest to fill the store with free apps for the upcoming consumer preview. That will be a welcomed change to the static apps that are currently in the developer preview.
In fact the Windows 8 Developer Preview, which has been downloaded over 3 million times since it was released back in September of last year, has had a limited number of Metro/Touch apps on the system and no way to expand the collection which has been somewhat limiting in trying the metro side of the OS out. I spend the majority of my time in the developer preview on my Acer Iconia Tab W500 in the desktop area.
So the other day while I was browsing some downloads at the Microsoft Download Center I came across the Touch Pack for Windows 7 and decided to give it a try on the Windows 8 Developer Preview to see how it works.
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