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Microsoft just sent out the press invitations for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch, and the venue and timing are particularly interesting.

The event will take place on Feb. 29 in Barcelona, where the mobile industry will be gathering for the big Mobile World Congress.

The choice highlights the increasing intersection between Windows and the mobile world, as Microsoft aims to make inroads on tablets in its battle with the iPad.

Recent reports suggest that the underlying code base of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will have a great deal in common.

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