Microsoft has confirmed via its BuildWindows8 twitter account that the Consumer Preview of Windows8 was downloaded over a million times in the first 24hours.

Windows 8 is the next release of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, and has undergone a heavy redesign to make it more tablet friendly in the guise of it’s touch friendly Metro style interface. Rumoured for a full release around October this year, Windows8 will be a real challenge for the iPad and Android tablets that have dominated the space for the last few years. With some innovative features Windows8 promised to bring the power of the desktop to the tablet space.

windows 8 consumer preview has over 1 million downloads in a day