Microsoft sent out press invitations for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch, that will take place on Feb. 29 at Mobile World Congress 2012, in Barcelona, Spain.
For those asking whether the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch will be a webcast, there's no definitive answer at this time. A Microsoft spokesperson said, "There will be lots of online content on Microsoft News Center the week of February 29th. "
According to reports the underlying code base of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will have a great deal in common. And, we should get our first look at the pre-bundled Metro style apps that appear to be a replacement for Windows Live Essentials, however. A source has revealed that Microsoft is also working to enable SMS support for the Messaging app which operates as a Windows Live Messenger equivalent in its current form.
The Consumer Preview promises a great deal of enhancements over the Developer Preview with Metro UI updates including: "a removed Start button, a new Charms Bar, changes to Windows Explorer, with access to a preview version of the Windows Store, along with a series of pre-installed applications."
The Verge listed a number of apps possibly to be bundled with the Consumer Preview stating "These applications, and possibly more, will come preinstalled for the Consumer Preview release, and will be updatable from the Windows Store. Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging are designed to be core Windows communications apps and are not branded with Windows Live," said.
The Music and Video applications are currently branded with Zune, but are built by the Xbox team. And, this branding will be removed shortly before the Windows 8 release, moving to Xbox Live for Windows as the entertainment brand for Windows 8 Music, Video and Games.
Windows Store can handle separate Metro style app updates from the operating system, and Microsoft is said to be considering bundle plans for OEMs along the lines of the current preinstall option for Windows Live Essentials. Microsoft has also built an Xbox Live Companion application, similar to the Windows Phone version, that may come preinstalled in the Consumer Preview version too.
However, the Media Center will make it to Windows 8, and it'll be mostly unchanged from what users of Windows 7 can enjoy at the moment.
Just ahead of the Consumer Preview, Microsoft also made calls to help translating "sideload or semantic zoom" in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil). Russian."
In a blog post Palle Petersen said, "your input is invaluable especially for some of the trickier terms including "flyout", "raw input thread", "touch injection", "multi-touch emulation", "manipulation chaining" and many more."
And, also listed the steps to get started:
- Click your language above, sign in with your Windows Live account and follow the simple one-off forum registration (no code needed).
- Click the Glossary link and from there you will see the list of English source terms and our preliminary suggestions to help you along.
- Then it's just a case of, for each term, deciding if you like the suggestions provided by the Community by selecting Suggest a Translation or Vote.
The forums will remain open for feedback from February 9th to February 22nd.