Windows 8 Consumer Preview to be Released This Month

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 08 February 2012 17:53

Windows 8 Metro UI

The much-anticipated Windows 8 Consumer Preview, in contrast to the Developer Preview that's out now, will be released on February 29 to the public. In this release, the App Store should be working. According to The Verge, Microsoft has a short list of apps and games that they will be releasing with the Preview. The list is as follows:

Applications:

  • Camera
  • Messaging
  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • SkyDrive
  • People
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Music
Games: 

  • Hydro Thunder
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Reckless Racing
  • Angry Birds
  • Ilomilo
  • Rocket Riot
  • Full House Poker
  • Tentacles
  • Crash Course
  • Ms Splosion Man
  • Wordament
Also new in this preview is the lack of a start menu, at least according to some leaked screenshots. In place of the start menu orb will be a link back out to the Metro UI, which honestly makes a lot of sense. Currently they have the start menu and the Metro UI, so you have two ways to access your applications. While I'm a fan of the start menu, I can appreciate Microsoft trying to make the most out of their new user interface. I can't wait to install it and see all of what has changed since the Developer Preview.