Rats! I’m working out of town this week, and when I tried to grab the “new Windows Dev Center” Web page yesterday, it wasn’t up and running just yet. Now, I just tried again and there it is! The Developer Preview versions of Windows 8 builds (including both check builds with debugging code inserted, and unchecked builds for performance testing and just plain fooling around) are available for download. I won’t be able to grab and go anywhere with this stuff until I get back home tomorrow afternoon, but don’t let me stop you from beating me to that punch. Enjoy!
[Added 10 AM 9/14/2011] See this Windows 8 Developer Preview Hands-On article from Laptop Magazine for a great overview of the UI, plus new features and functions. A very nice piece of work, but too short on screen caps and illustrations; however, given the speed of its production, I totally understand why this might be the case. Read it to get a pretty good sense of what you’ll find in this Alpha version of the Windows 8 OS.