Microsoft fixes Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch event for Feb. 29

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Microsoft fixes Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch event for Feb. 29

New name for beta, but provides no new details

By Gregg Keizer | Computerworld US | 08 February 12

Previously, Microsoft had promised that it would distribute a public beta -- the company used the label "Consumer Preview" instead -- in "late February." Wednesday, Feb. 29 is the last day of the month.

Microsoft did not offer any additional details on the Consumer Preview, including whether it planned to also introduce it at a similar U.S. event. A spokeswoman said that Microsoft would provide more information at a later date. The company will not present the Windows 8 preview at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), but instead at a Barcelona hotel between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time. The MWC runs from Feb. 27 through March 1st.

Microsoft will open the Windows Store to the public at the same time it ships Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Although the company today again declined to comment on a ship date for the final edition of Windows 8, the Consumer Preview's timing hints at a fall 2012 debut assuming the company paces Windows 8's development and testing as it did Windows 7's.

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