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Windows 8 beta first impressions: brave but flawed

Adam Oxford at

Microsoft made the public beta, or 'Consumer Preview', of Windows 8 available for download on Wednesday afternoon, so we've had the best part of two days now to play around with it and work out what we like and what we don't. So far, I've used three PCs to try it out – one normal machine, one with a touchscreen and one Atom-powered tablet.

People have described Windows 8 as genius, ground breaking. A long overdue reworking of the tired desktop metaphor that better reflects how people really use their computers. Others look at it as a mess, forcing a look and feel designed for mobile phones onto unwilling desktop users. They see it as broken in the ways that Windows ME or Vista were.

Me? I see it as both. Fabulous and flawed at the same time.

Guild Wars 2 beta signups are live for the next 48 hours

Tom Senior at

Guild Wars 2 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases of the year. We took a good look at it in the recent beta, and can say it's coming along quite nicely. We tried to answer as many of your Guild Wars 2 questions as we could, but you're bound to have more. There's only one way to answer them all, and that's to play it. Here's your chance.

The Guild Wars 2 beta sign up page is now live. It'll only be open for the next 48 hours, so you'll want to get in there ASAP to throw your name in the hat. Head over to the Guild Wars 2 beta-sign up page now to apply. Good luck!