Once the play button has been pressed, the rest of the installations pretty much consists of just following the on-screen instructions and in about half an hour you will have the brand new Windows 8 up and running! Of course, when the actual operating system comes out you'll need to re-do this whole process (unless you want to keep the developer's version) and use a real disk, but that process is equally easy. As soon as we get word of 8's release, we'll be sure to update you on working with it no matter what program you'll be using. There are a few things you should know before using it as an OS though:
- Windows 8 was built similarly to iOS 5 in that it works much more smoothly when using a touch screen. Don't be surprised if navigating it with a mouse seems a little bit clunky at first.
- Ultimately it won't do you much good to keep the dev version in the long-term, because it's neither finished nor built to run on the hardware that you currently own. Generally speaking I would simply use it to mess around with, explore in, and all around satiate your curiosity about what Microsoft is coming out with to compete with the increasingly popular iOS/OS X devices.
- If you don't want to pay the $50 for VMWare Fusion, and you really think you'll only be using it for this one thing, than the 30 day trial will suffice.
All in all, everything should go pretty smoothly and you should have explored pretty thoroughly the confines of Windows 8 within a couple of hours. If you want to continue using it, simply go pay the $50 for the full version of VMWare and you're set to go for however long you can stand using the new OS without a touch screen.
Happy Windows 8-ing!