More Windows 8 Consumer Preview build numbers revealed? [Update]

In about nine days, Microsoft is scheduled to release the long awaited Consumer Preview version of Windows 8. Even though the date is now in sight, it looks like the company is still internally testing release candidate builds for the Consumer Preview edition. Now the reliable Windows 8-themed site Winunleaked.tk reports that the version number for the release candidate build for Windows 8 has been updated yet again.

According to the site's Windows 8 builds list, the latest build number for the Consumer Preview release candidate is officially called 8284.0.winmain.120216-1840. Previously we reported that the final build number for the actual public release of the Consumer Preview would be 8250. The fact that Microsoft has apparently reached and exceeded 8250 might mean that the company is simply making sure that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is as bug free as you can get for a build that, technically, is not considered to be a final product.

Just a reminder: Microsoft is holding a Windows 8 Consumer Preview press event at the Mobile World Congress In Barcelona, Spain on February 29, where it is expected that the company will announce that the preview version of the OS will be freely available to download from Microsoft's servers.

Update - As some commenters have noted, it's possible that these new build numbers might be made for the Release Candidate version of Windows which is supposed to be released after the Consumer Preview. It's important to note that Microsoft have never officially confirmed or denied the validity of any of these build numbers for Windows 8.

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LOL @ the update to this post saying it's "possible". Listen dude, this post isn't even news worthy, you're just scraping the bottom of the barrel to meet your post quota and get your payout for posting news. What I said in my previous comment is FACT. Not a "possibility". Anyone who is listening to windows 8 development knows this.

Oh dear god you botched this news BADLY. The current Candidate build for the consumer preview is 8234. 8284 is a Release Candidate branch build in the winmain lab that contains newer code than the consumer preview will. CP Build will likely be 8250 or something around that (they reserved up to 8274 for winmain_win8beta builds).

Wouldn't it be nice and appropriate if MSDN and Technet subscribers were able to download the CP sooner than the general public? That would be reasonable I think. Maybe on the 25th or the 26th.

devHead said,
Wouldn't it be nice and appropriate if MSDN and Technet subscribers were able to download the CP sooner than the general public? That would be reasonable I think. Maybe on the 25th or the 26th.

Nope.... It would be leaked. Microsoft would not want that.
Moreover, it is called the Consumer Preview. Hence nobody should have priority over normal consumers....


Well, I don't know; those who pay for subscriptions for MSDN and Technet might think they should have a little priority over normal consumers. Whatever goofy name they stamp on it. Of course, I'm one of those who think it's kind of a mistake to let the general public download a Beta or Pre-beta version of an operating system. Too much griping and whining about a product that isn't ready for prime time. Again, just my opinion. I don't know too many MSDN subscribers or Technet subscribers who would leak such a thing. I know I wouldn't.

devHead said,

Well, I don't know; those who pay for subscriptions for MSDN and Technet might think they should have a little priority over normal consumers. Whatever goofy name they stamp on it. Of course, I'm one of those who think it's kind of a mistake to let the general public download a Beta or Pre-beta version of an operating system. Too much griping and whining about a product that isn't ready for prime time. Again, just my opinion. I don't know too many MSDN subscribers or Technet subscribers who would leak such a thing. I know I wouldn't.

All it takes is one person, and believe me they are 1000's who would.

devHead said,

Well, I don't know; those who pay for subscriptions for MSDN and Technet might think they should have a little priority over normal consumers. Whatever goofy name they stamp on it. Of course, I'm one of those who think it's kind of a mistake to let the general public download a Beta or Pre-beta version of an operating system. Too much griping and whining about a product that isn't ready for prime time. Again, just my opinion. I don't know too many MSDN subscribers or Technet subscribers who would leak such a thing. I know I wouldn't.

Someone would leak it for sure (only takes one). Anyway, TechNet/MSDN will get the RTM version shortly after it actually goes RTM (2-3 months before it goes to retail). Pre-release software never really shows up in there early.

Aaron44126 said,

Someone would leak it for sure (only takes one). Anyway, TechNet/MSDN will get the RTM version shortly after it actually goes RTM (2-3 months before it goes to retail). Pre-release software never really shows up in there early.

Yeah, I know; just wishful thinking I guess.

"According to the site's Windows 8 builds list, the latest build number for the Consumer Preview release candidate is officially called 8284.0.winmain.120216-1840."

Actually no, the site calls that the latest "Pre-Release Candidate" meaning pre-RC, post-beta/CP.

"The fact that Microsoft has apparently reached and exceeded 8250 might mean that the company is simply making sure that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is as bug free as you can get for a build that, technically, is not considered to be a final product."

Microsoft has forked off the consumer preview branch already (winmain_win8beta), and is continuing forward with post-consumer-preview builds in winmain, and jumped the build number upwards. Note how winunleaked also lists an 8234 build from winmain_win8beta with the same date stamp (2/16).

Mohitster said,
It is so fascinating to know what may or may not be the final build numbers for Windows Consumer Preview!

Yeah, this really isn't news. Nor, apparently, was the previously "reported" build number.

ExchangeAdm said,
The consumer preview is not even a beta version of the OS yet. So, we have a long way to go.

Developer preview ~ alpha
Consumer preview ~ beta
SomethingElse preview ~ RC (First builds have been built)

ExchangeAdm said,
The consumer preview is not even a beta version of the OS yet. So, we have a long way to go.

Erm, yes it is. Consumer Preview = Beta.

ExchangeAdm said,
The consumer preview is not even a beta version of the OS yet. So, we have a long way to go.

You so funny

bogas04 said,

Developer preview ~ alpha
Consumer preview ~ beta
SomethingElse preview ~ RC (First builds have been built)

Enterprise Preview , RC