Windows 8 "Consumer Preview" is being made available for public download today. I'm not even going to try to download it today; I am pragmatic enough to know that anytime there is something "big" available on the web, speeds slow to a hiccuping crawl. Maybe in a week or so I'll take a look. I actually have a computer laying around I can probably devote to loading Windows 8 on it, rather that using a VM. It's considered that this version will be pretty close to what will actually end up in the stores towards the end of the year.