Windows 8 Consumer Preview launches Feb. 29

Windows 8 now has a specific launch date for the Consumer Preview version of Microsoft's next PC operating system. Today, Business Insider reports that media invites have been sent out revealing that that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, also known as the Windows 8 beta version, will be launched on Wednesday, February 29. The company is launching the beta version as part of its activities for the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, which is being held from February 27 to March 1.

The actual launch will be part of a press event for the Mobile World Congress which will be held from 3-5 pm on February 29. It's likely that Microsoft will be making some additional announcements at the event that will related to its Windows Phone business.

Microsoft previously promised that it would indeed launch the beta version of Windows 8 before the end of the month. Today's announcement means that Microsoft will make good on that launch time period but with just a few hours to spare.

The company will likely offer a Release Candidate version of Windows 8 to the public later in the year before the final, shipping, version of the OS is launched before (hopefully) the end of 2012.

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Oh GOD, please NO!!!!

Please.


Pretty please.

I beg...NO!

I'll pay, honest.

Please.

Please don't. I never meant to put Vista down....please..........please!!!

Windows Me was really OK too, oh GOD please nooooooooooooo.

So this is for Mobile World Congress trade show, another proof that this is not meant for Desktops. Are they going to demonstration of this OS on Desktop at all?

techguy77 said,
So this is for Mobile World Congress trade show, another proof that this is not meant for Desktops. Are they going to demonstration of this OS on Desktop at all?

How about proof that it CAN run on tablets just as easily as a desktop or a laptop or a netbook. See where I'm going with that? Think of it like this: MS has a tiny share of the mobile market and even less in tablets. It would be folly for them to NOT have an OS that runs on a tablet. Just so happens it's equally as good for nearly any form factor. Don't forget that touch monitors are coming to a store near you. Also Kinect interaction.

Stay in the 90s if you want but I'm enjoying the prospect of the future.

Woohoo. Great!, but I still don't think 2012 will see the final version of Windows 8!|meanwhile lets try the Beta releases.

mjedi7 said,
Woohoo. Great!, but I still don't think 2012 will see the final version of Windows 8!|meanwhile lets try the Beta releases.

I don't see why not. If Windows 7 is anything to go by, the Beta (or Consumer Preview in this case) was pretty stable. I doubt it'll take them a full 10 months to apply polish.

"The company will likely offer a Release Candidate version of Windows 8 to the public"

uhhh as far as I know. MS has never given out any RC's to the public.

ShareShiz said,
"The company will likely offer a Release Candidate version of Windows 8 to the public"

uhhh as far as I know. MS has never given out any RC's to the public.

They did with Windows 7.

ShareShiz said,
"The company will likely offer a Release Candidate version of Windows 8 to the public"

uhhh as far as I know. MS has never given out any RC's to the public.

Uhhh, the Windows 7 RC was most certainly released to the public.

Aaron44126 said,

Uhhh, the Windows 7 RC was most certainly released to the public.

I can't remember with Windows 7 what was offered and what wasn't. Each week had a new build leaked.

ShareShiz said,
uhhh as far as I know. MS has never given out any RC's to the public.

RC1 of Windows XP was made publicly available on CD or download for a nominal fee and came with a sticker, RC2 was download only but publicly available from Microsoft's site...

Chris123NT said,
Sinofsky is such a troll. "Late February"

Translation: It's a leap year bitches! I'm gonna make you wait til the end!


Ha ha ha

dotf said,
Marked on the calendar!
Can't wait to get the images!

I hope the consumer preview comes with a dev tool refresh iso as well!


same but with little edit "Download it "