Windows 8 will soon be in the hands of the public for those who don't mind experimenting on non-production machines. According to the Verge, Microsoft will be signing off on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build that will be released next week.
Microsoft supposedly will be putting the latest touches on this Windows 8 version that is expected to carry the build number 8250. The release is expected to happen at the company's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. ET).
Also expected to hit on February 29 are the beta versions of Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 11.
If you have an older or non-essential computer (or room for a spare partition), this weekend would be a good time to get it prepped for the free preview software.