The excitement around the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was such that it comes as no surprise that the Beta version has been downloaded by 1 million people around the world within the first 24 hours of its release.
One of the main reasons why the Consumer Preview found so many takers was because the software was available as free to download. The phenomenal response that it received was aptly summed up by the Windows 8 Development team in a one-liner on Twitter that read "One day later ... one million downloads of the consumer preview."
The launch of the Consumer Preview brings to mind the Developer Preview release last September. These Beta versions are supposed to apprise customers of the new features of Windows 8, especially its Metro UI. The upcoming operating system from Microsoft that will probably be released by October is meant for desktops, laptops, and tablets.
The release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has again provided developers with an ideal opportunity to design touch apps for the new OS.