Microsoft has confirmed when they will release a trial version of its newest Windows operating system freely available to anyone who wants to download it and try it out for themselves. Microsoft will hold an event in Barcelona, Spain, on February 29th to launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The date and location coincide with the World Mobile Congress.
The preview version will allow non-developer users to download and use the pre-release version of Windows 8. But since it's a pre-release version, it will likely will contain a few bugs and have features that aren't completely finished.
In September, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Developer Preview and some tools that programmers could use to build apps and get themselves familiar with Windows 8.
Windows 8 takes design elements taken from Windows Phone 7, including Metro themes and Live Tiles. Microsoft is counting on Windows 8 to make it a player in the tablet market.