We currently know that Microsoft would be releasing another preview of Windows 8 to public next month which was till now called as Windows 8 Beta. Now Paul Thurrott has posted that during CES 2012, Microsoft director of public relations Janelle Poole has said that the Consumer Preview would be released during February 2012.-
“We haven’t talked about the release date and we generally don’t,” she said. “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.”
It would be interesting to see whether the PR team mentions the Windows 8 public builds internally as this or is she actually meant that the next public release would be called Windows 8 consumer preview
Further Paul mentioned that as the public preview was called Developer preview, the upcoming preview would be called the Consumer Preview and the last public preview which we used to call Release candidate may be called the Enterprise preview.
Talking about the current status of the builds Microsoft is expected to compile Windows 8 build 8190 today which would probably belong to the beta escrow branch.