Windows 8 Consumer Preview Coming February 29th

Mike Halsey MVP
Feb 9, 2012
Updated • Feb 9, 2012
Microsoft, Windows 8

The beta "Consumer Preview" version of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system could be released on Wednesday 29th February.  Microsoft have announced a "Windows 8 Consumer Preview event" in the city, that is also home to the Mobile World Congress expo that week.

This looks like a reasonable time to launch the beta given that Microsoft previously said it would release it at the end of February.  For those on the official testing programme or who subscribe to their software via the MDSN website, with Windows 7 these groups received the beta around one week to ten days before so if this is repeated this could mean that they get delivery of the beta any time from the 17th of this month, which is what I was expecting personally.

The Consumer Preview will include many features not seen in the previous Developer Preview release, which Microsoft gave out publicly in September last year.  This is because many of those features either had not been written yet or were not finished.  One of the things that is set to change considerably is the new Metro interface, and several leaks in the last couple of weeks have shown that in some ways Microsoft has changed it significantly.

The Developer Preview has received some criticisms from business users and IT Pros, primarily because of Metro, but it remains to be seen how many of those criticisms are answered satisfactorily by the Consumer Preview.  Business users should not be concerned about the name "Consumer Preview" either as this is basically code for, "We've got developers excited [hopefully] but now we need to spur those developers on and make sure they've not forgotten about us by getting millions of members of the public excited as well."

New features that have been demonstrated but not yet used by the public, including the new "Windows App Store" will open at the same time.  The final release of the operating system is expected later in the year around October.


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  1. Alex R. said on February 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Love how there will be a Windows App Store! Looking forward to seeing this preview on Leap Year…

  2. Devian said on February 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Developer ws outstanding nw eagerly waiting for win8 :)

    1. steve said on February 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Are you sure we are talking about the same thing here? the developer preview sucked monkey balls, how was it outstanding lol

      1. hal9000 said on February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Yeah I think this is comment spam cos nobody in their right mind though the dev preview was outstanding

  3. Dhananjay said on February 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    lol i’m looking for a patch of win 8 :D

  4. hal9000 said on February 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I would be really really surprised if windows 8 with metro doesn’t turn out to be a massive flop (windows Me anyone)

    I think the biggest problem for me with metro, other than the fact that i would never use it and it would just get in the way and be counter productive is that it’s massively based on the windows phone platform which is an un mitigated bag of sh1t. I have never been so disturbed by such and ugly design in concept and in reality.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on February 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    >> We’ve got developers excited [hopefully]

    As far as I know, they haven’t [for sure].

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