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Microsoft to Unveil Windows 8 Preview on Feb. 29 in Spain

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 02:54 PM

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, will unveil the first broadly available test version of the Windows 8 operating system on Feb. 29 in Barcelona, Spain, at a mobile industry show.

The Redmond, Washington-based company sent invitations via e-mail for an event to show the test product, called the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Microsoft is relying on the newest version of Windows to make headway in the tablet-computer market. The two-hour session is scheduled to take place during the Mobile World Congress trade show.

Revenue from Windows software, which runs most of the world’s personal computers, has missed analysts’ estimates in four of the past five quarters, in part because some consumers are defecting from laptops with Windows to tablets like Apple Inc.’s iPad. Microsoft probably won’t be able to significantly change that trend until Windows 8 goes on sale, Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein said in an interview last month.

The company has declined to say when Windows 8 will be officially released. Microsoft shares rose less than 1 percent to $30.47 at 2:20 p.m. in New York. The stock has increased 17 percent this year.

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