Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a go, launching on February 29th
February 29th is the big day for those of you who have been itching to get your grubby little hands on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and that’s not too far away! For those of you who are unaware, the current version of Windows 8 that exists out there is technically known as the pre-beta, which this ‘Consumer Preview’ is being dubbed the beta version (so don’t get your hopes up too high that it will be the full version). While the Consumer Preview is certainly a month earlier than we expected, that’s a good sign in that Microsoft is well on their way to creating an exciting and new OS for computers and are hopefully ahead of schedule when it comes to releasing their full version.
An interesting thing to note is that the Consume Preview is expected to be launched smack bang in the middle of the 2012 Mobile World Congerence, and odd choice since MWC is aimed mainly at Mobile Phones. Furthermore, the company is actually hosting a conference at MWC 2012 where they will launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview between 3PM and 5PM (CET). The fact that they’re launching this at MWC 2012 is a clear indication that Windows 8 will most certainly share something with Windows Phone 8, as we reported earlier last week.
We’re certainly confirming (to ourselves) that this announcement may very well have a lot to do with Metro and Windows Phone 8 since both are expected to share the coding, making it easy for games and apps to be ported from one to another (as well as cross-game play. Though we’re still not sure if Microsoft will add anything new to what we have learnt in the leak to do with Windows Phone 8.
So what does the consumer preview have in store for us? You’re just going to have to wait to find out! Also, for those in Australia – The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be launching on March 1st, between midnight and 3am.
Source: The Verge