Consumer Preview of Windows 8 available February 29

Microsoft will be providing a free download of the new version of the world’s most popular computer operating system

Windows 8 Metro interface

Microsoft announced that the next step in releasing Windows 8 will occur with a Consumer Preview release of Windows 8. Within 12 to 18 months of deployment of the final release more than 500 million copies of Windows 8 will be on smart phones, tablets, desktops, laptops and servers around the world.

Actually Microsoft didn’t announced the preview but did invite people to a special event in Barcelona, Spain after which consumers will be able to download the free consumer preview of Windows 8. Continue reading