Windows 8 unveiling

Just yesterday, the preinstalled applications that will ship with Windows 8 were revealed, and Windows fans everywhere got all giddy in anticipation of the operating system's Consumer Preview — the first public beta that will allow the software to be taken for a test drive. If you're one of those fans, you'll be pleased to know that the Consumer Preview will arrive at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in just a few weeks.

That's right — Microsoft will be showing off Windows 8 at a cellphone event. The company sent out the press invites yesterday to its official Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch, confirming it would unveil the long-awaited public beta on Wednesday, February 29, in a two-hour event from 3 PM to 5 PM local time (CET).

Microsoft had already announced that the release would be available to public by the end of February, so it should be ready for you to download after Microsoft's demonstration. But why has the company chosen MWC to make its unveiling?

The Verge believes it could have something to do with Windows Phone 8 Apollo:

Details on Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo, leaked last week and revealed an interesting synergy between Windows Phone and Windows client. Not only will Windows Phone 8 share the same Metro style user interface as Windows 8 for tablets and PCs, but developers can reuse the same code for both operating systems. It's not clear if Microsoft plans to discuss its Windows Phone 8 plans, but a Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch at Mobile World Congress makes it look that way.

Let's hope this is indeed the case. And what a day it would be for Windows fans.

We will, of course, bring you all of Microsoft's announcements from Mobile World Congress as they happen, so be sure to keep an eye on us on February 29.

Will you be looking forward to the first Windows 8 public beta?

[via The Verge]