It's going to be one busy year as we head towards Windows 10

We like busy times around here. With being busy comes exciting things to be busy for. This year is going to be crazy. Already we're into February, we've seen CES come and go, not to mention the January 21 Windows 10 event and subsequent releases of new builds of Microsoft's next operating system for both desktops and phones.

It's keeping us all on our toes, for sure, but it's only just beginning. The coming weeks and months show no signs of slowing down. We've got a series of events to look forward to, more builds of Windows 10 and ultimately the main event, the proper launch later this year. Here's what's coming up in the near future.

The next big event is Mobile World Congress (MWC). While CES is a huge show, it doesn't compare to MWC when it comes to mobile. There are no washing machines, refrigerators and TVs there, it's all mobile, all the time. It takes us to Barcelona, Spain, and we already knew from January's event that Microsoft will be talking more about Windows 10 there.

Since, Microsoft has sent out invites to a press event on March 2.. It's an early start, for sure, kicking off at 8.30am local time. Windows Central will be there of course, with Mark Guim and myself making the jaunt to Spain to cover it all. We may even break out the liveblog machine, so if you need a reason to get up early, there it is.

Happening the same week as MWC and at the other side of the world, no less, is the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). Microsoft will also be on hand here, too, to talk about Windows 10 and more specifically how it relates to Xbox. We'll be in San Francisco, too, and will be all over the Xbox press event on March 4. We've heard about how Microsoft is starting to bring Xbox gaming into PCs with Windows 10, but as yet we've not heard a great deal about how it's going to affect the console itself. Something very exciting, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.

After that we then start looking towards Microsoft's biggest event of the year, the Build developer conference. The popularity is clear with the event having sold out in an incredibly short time, with a lot of excited developers making the trip to California to find out how they're going to be able to make great apps for Windows 10.

And all that just takes us into May. After that there's E3 and Gamescom for Xbox fans to follow closely, and in September we'll be making the trip to Berlin once again for the annual IFA conference that last year saw the launch of the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735. With Windows Central's ever expanding coverage we'll be talking a lot about Xbox, laptops, tablets, wearables, apps, accessories, you name it.

It's a truly exciting year in prospect, and we're thrilled to have you along for the ride.