It is thought that Microsoft will release Windows 8 before the year is out, but before the official release and the release candidate is rolled-out Microsoft will launch a Consumer Preview – we have just discovered when this will take place.
According to ZDNet Microsoft will hold an event at Mobile World Congress 2012 on February 29 to launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, therefore we expect download links to go live shortly after. For those of you who are unaware a consumer preview is a beta release which is made available to the public, currently the latest Windows 8 build available is a developer preview which isn’t regarded as ready for the public.
We find it quite strange to see Microsoft launch the Consumer Preview at MWC 2012 as this exhibition is usually targeted towards the mobile industry, obviously Windows 8 will run on tablets as well as desktop computers and laptops, perhaps this decision has been made as Microsoft plan to unveil an early build of Windows Phone 8 at the same time – we can hope!
2011 was a great year for Windows Phone 7, especially with Nokia’s decision to adopt WP7 instead of Symbian, but it has now been two year’s since Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7 for the first time (funnily enough this occurred at MWC 2010) and we think it’s about time that Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 8, don’t you?
It would be great for Microsoft to eventually roll out Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 at the similar times and it would make sense, perhaps the two operating systems will seamlessly integrate between eachother and we’ll get to see examples of this during Microsoft’s Windows 8 reveal.
So what do you expect to see from Microsoft at MWC 2012? Do you think Windows Phone 8 will show up as well as Windows 8? What integration between the two operating systems would you like to see? Let us know your thoughts below.