According to All Things Digital, Windows 8 beta 1 will be released in late February 2012. The beta will include the new Windows App Store, along with other features that are not known at this time. There have been a few leaks, but until the beta status is secured, the feature set is open to changes.
Store will debut with a beta of Windows 8 in late February 2012. Free apps only at first. App submissions will be by invite only, it says.
“We want great apps, and we want great apps in our store,” Leblond said, wrapping up the event.