Will Windows 8 Beta be called the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Building upon something noticed by Paul Thurrott a while ago, Mary Jo Foley has a really interesting post out today.

In it, she speculates that Windows 8 Beta might end up being called the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

She quotes Windows Direct of Consumer PR, Janelle Poole who said the following:

“We haven’t talked about the release date and we generally don’t. We are talking milestone to milestone, so for us right now we’re talking about the next milestone being the consumer preview happening in late February.”

Paul Thurrott speculates that the order may go this way:

  1. Windows 8 Developer Preview
  2. Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  3. Windows 8 Enterprise Preview

The name may be more appropriate for the software release due to the fact that it technically will not be a Beta release.

In a typical Beta, the software is released and users/developers get to chime in about bugs, things they like or don’t like. Microsoft would then take the feedback and make strategic changes before the final release.

We have no indication that this time around, Microsoft is looking for feedback. It seems that they are just revealing or previewing the software for different audiences.


Two questions for you.

What do you think of the naming (Windows 8 Developer Preview)?

Do you feel Microsoft cares about your Windows 8 Design feedback?

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