Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that it plans to deliver a beta copy of Windows 8 in late February.
Microsoft’s Windows Store for Windows 8 will debut alongside the beta copy of Windows 8. The software maker recently passed 8160.0.winmain.111122-1913 and is progressing steadily towards a beta release. Rumors earlier this year pinned a beta offering for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 but Microsoft laid these rumors to rest on Tuesday. The first Windows 8 beta will arrived in late February, All Things Digital reported on Tuesday.
Little is known about the feature set of Microsoft’s Windows 8 beta. Recently leaked screenshots indicate that Microsoft will allow users to change the Start Screen color and the Start Screen background image in beta copies of Windows 8. Microsoft has previously detailed some other minor improvements to the Windows 8 beta. Users will be able to create, name and rearrange Start Screen groups as well as navigate with the Windows 8 Apps screen in a better way. Microsoft is planning to group applications to make it easier for users to identify them in Windows 8 beta. Windows Media Center will also return to Windows 8 beta alongside the typical Windows games, DVD creator and .NET 3.5. All were missing from the developer preview, made available in September.