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Microsoft Hosting Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event Feb. 29

February 8, 2012

HP Windows 8 Tablet

Microsoft is expected to unveil a consumer preview of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress later this month.

The software giant today sent out an invite for an event on Feb. 29 at 3pm in Barcelona, which reads "Windows 8 Consumer Preview."

No additional details were provided. In December, however, Microsoft said a public Windows 8 beta would be released in late February.

There was talk that Steve Ballmer was going to release the Windows 8 beta during his final keynote at last month's Consumer Electronics Show, but he instead talked up the promise of the next-gen OS, as well as Windows Phone.

Ballmer promised a big "milestone" for the OS in February, and reiterated that Microsoft has "reimagined" Windows with Windows 8.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

During a demo at CES, Tami Reller, chief marketing officer for Windows, said we should expect to see Windows 8 on tablets and ultrabooks. In an earnings call this week, ARM CEO Warren East said Windows 8 could propel more tablet sales than Google's Android mobile operating system has accomplished so far.

Over the weekend, a version of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview leaked to the Web, and it included an interesting tidbit – the new OS would remove the start button. Redmond this week also revealed a list of games that will be available via the Windows 8 app store.

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