Windows 8 Consumer Preview Coming On February 29

Brad Chacos

So, what do you think about that new Metro interface in Windows 8? If you ask ten geeks that question, you'll end up with ten different answers -- and a lot of them won't be positive. Up until this point, however, we could only base our opinions on blog updates from the Windows team and a far from fully functional Developer Preview build. Prepare to become much better informed soon, though: Microsoft just announced that it will roll out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Microsoft will hold an event at the show between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M. local time to celebrate the kick off. If you're a one-size-Windows-fits-all naysayer, the fact that Microsoft decided to roll out the new build at a cellphone conference will probably only increase your heart palpitations.

On the plus side, The Verge managed to get ahold of a list of Metro-style apps that will likely be included in the Consumer Preview :

  • Camera
  • Messaging
  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • SkyDrive
  • People
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Music

The "Microsoft Store" -- similar to Apple's App Store or the Android Market -- will also be included, and yesterday The Verge reported that several games will likely be available for purchase at launch . (Pinball and Solitaire are also rumored to come pre-included with the Preview.) They are:

  • Hydro Thunder
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Reckless Racing
  • Angry Birds
  • Ilomilo
  • Rocket Riot
  • Full House Poker
  • Tentacles
  • Crash Course
  • Ms Splosion Man
  • Wordament

A Release Candidate is also planned for launch prior to the full-scale release of Windows 8.Any thoughts on the rumored release lineup or the timing of the launch? Will you be taking the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a test drive?

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