I tell you what we are lucky 2012 is a leap year because the 29th of February is turning into a very busy day for Microsoft.

Two days ago the news broke that Microsoft Flight will be available to the public on 29 February 2012 and today press invites were sent out for a Windows Consumer Preview event that will be held in Barcelona, Spain on the last day of February 2012.

No other details have been given about the event although I think based on past confirmation that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be released in late February we should be fairly confident that they will be unveiling the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the public and making it available for download.

It is interesting however, that the date of this event is during the annual Mobile World Congress which is all about mobile devices and Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first true foray into an operating system that is built for tablet use as opposed to an OS like Windows 7 which is touch enabled.

Interestingly enough I will be in Redmond that week attending the 2012 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit and that means I will travel out there prepared to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Acer Iconia Tab W500 and my Asus Eee PC 1000HE netbook.  Who knows we might also hear some good stuff about Windows 8 that week as well.

The event happens in Barcelona from 3PM to 5PM Central European Time (CET) so if you’re curious when that is happening for you here is a time and date conversion chart.

There is also no word if this event will be webcast so expect more details to come together as the event gets closer.