It's been just two days since Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for download but already the software has reached a huge milestone. The Microsoft Windows 8 Build team on Thursday afternoon announced that they had seen one million downloads of the consumer preview after only one day.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview launched on Wednesday morning, approximately six months after the Developer Preview was released in September of 2011 at BUILD. Windows 8 is a notable departure from Windows 7 in that it includes the Metro UI, which most people will recognize from Windows Phone 7. The famous Start button has also been removed and Microsoft has replaced this iconic Windows feature with a sort of hotspot in the bottom left corner. Windows 8 also includes the ability to sign in via Windows Live, and the Windows Store, which is similar to the Mac App Store.