Microsoft Signing Off on Windows 8 Build 8250 as Preview

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.

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  • mactronix
    Consumer Preview build ?
    So that's one before a general RC then ? Or is it in fact the RC but just a new name ?
  • das_stig
    Nah this is the general purpose you find the bugs in our shoddy code release before we commit to production and are forced to do updates within a week of release because nothing works correctly and service pack 1 comes 3 months later.
  • jrtolson
    don't think ill bother, same story, install it, find out its slow and klunky and bloated, eats tonnes of ram, supports less stuff, (aka, gameport, webcams, printers, scanners) realise it is rubbish and that it is just windows 7 service pack 2 with a crappy touch app stuck on at the front end*that will get disabled after 2 minutes then finally scrub the hard drive ad reinstall windows xp.... too much hassle for me.. lmao