The Windows Server Notebook

Feb 8 2012   9:08PM GMT

Windows 8 Consumer Preview coming February 29 at MWC

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Microsoft is lucky it’s a leap year.

In December, the company promised to have the public beta version of Windows 8 available by the end of February. Today, we learned that release (now dubbed the “Consumer Preview”) will come at an invitation-only event during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 29 — the last day of the month. The timing of the release makes some sense given the emphasis on mobility and touch in Windows 8, and its connections with Windows Phone 8. In any case, it keeps things on schedule for a potential late-2012 release.

No word yet on whether there will be an accompanying webcast for the event, nor updates on the release schedule for Windows Server 8, which some think will follow a similar timeline to the client version.

Will you be downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview as soon as it’s available?

Let us know in the comments, or via Twitter @WindowsTT.

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