Microsoft had been teasing that something would be shown on February 29th, and now that Leap Day has finally arrived, Microsoft has come clean. The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 is now available to download, giving people everywhere a chance to see the new changes up close. If you have been curious about some of the features of Windows 8 (or lack of them), then go ahead and download the build here. You will need at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB (32-bit) / 2GB (64-bit) of RAM, 16GB (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit) of hard drive space, a DirectX 9 video card with WDDM 1.0 or higher, and at least a 1024x768 resolution screen.
The Consumer Preview has even more improvements than the Developer Preview available last year, and Microsoft hopes everyone will be able to see the progress made on Windows 8. The Consumer Preview is also the launch of the Microsoft Store, and you can try out the new Metro style apps at no cost. Cloud features have been greatly expanded, and you can take your settings and apps to different PCs to always have the information you want close by.
If any of this sounds like something you want to try out, then feel free to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. You can also download the Windows Server "8" beta here, to see what improvements it offers.