Thursday, 9 February 2012
Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Debut on February 29th at MWC 2012
Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the next iteration of Microsoft’s newest desktop client, is set to make its official debut on February 29th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Windows 8 is the first desktop client from the Redmond-based software giant to sport enhancements for touchscreens.
In September last year, Microsoft made available for download the Developer Preview of Windows 8, which can be found on Softpedia as well.
Those who already gave the platform version a try have noticed the UI changes that it was packed with, the new Task Manager, the Metro-style Start Menu, and the like.
However, the new Consumer Preview promises a great deal of enhancements over the Developer Preview. If you haven’t fallen in love with the first platform release, you will certainly fall for this one.
There are more UI changes to enjoy,a removed start button and a new charms bar, changes tothe windows explorer and tohow it performs copy protection,or the new Storage Spaces and the Refs File system.
At the same time, the Consumer Preview will provide us with access to a preview version of the Windows Store(which will include a series of popular games right from the start), and is also expected to arrive with a series of pre installed applications.
Overall, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will look more like the final flavor of the operating system and less like the early build that was made available for the public in September as the Developer Preview.
Microsoft’s plans to unveil the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the MWC have somehow been expected ever since the company said that it would launch the beta flavour of the os in late February.
In addition to getting a taste of the Consumer Preview at the event, we should also be able to learn more on the next Windows 8 releases.
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 M3