The CNET team is lining up to head into the event space, along with all of the other journalists.
I'm further uptown, monitoring things remotely.
Roger Cheng, Jay Greene, Dan Ackerman, Rich Brown, and Seth Rosenblatt will be handling our coverage from NYC.
Microsoft will have a livestream starting around 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT -- I'll post the link here soon.
Sorry, but we couldn't embed the video here. Hope you all will go split screen during hte event.
In the meantime, we already have a lot of great Windows 8 coverage.
@Zamora -- MS wouldn't allow it
We're expecting the event to start in about 25 minutes
It's being held down at the Chelsea Piers complex here in Manhattan
Hey, Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET News, is on. FINALLY.
Apologies for the late start. Microsoft took its time letting us in, and just let us into the keynote area.
We'll be up and running soon enough.
I'm here with Jay Greene, Seth Rosenblatt, Dan Ackerman, Rich Brown, and Lance Whitney, with Sarah Tew shooting photos. So yes, CNET brought an army here.
The event is being held at Pier 57 on the West Side of Manhattan on 15th Street.
The event space is huge. We're seated in a dark space bathed only from a few spotlights above and the glowing display on stage with a Windows 8 lock screen display.
And not, for the record, Pier 57 at 57th street. Ahem...
Windows launches have been huge mileposts for Microsoft over the years, starting with the Windows 95 launch on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Jay Leno showed up for that one.
The first Windows launch I covered with the Windows 2000 debut at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
@Chris I don't expect too many new announcements -- we've already had a slew of products reviewed.
Santana played at the Windows 2000 launch.
Video embed is now IN. If you refresh this page, you should see the video stream. [Don't expect any actual action for 15 minutes or so.]
You'll need Silverlight plug-in for video... not Flash.
@Dennis Ser I doubt Bill Gates will show up for this one. He did do a video in advance of the Windows 8 debut.
People are clapping... obviously, they went a bit nuts with the free coffee.
Since we've got another 15 minutes until showtime.
In case anyone is curious, we're all using a mix of Macbooks, a Lenovo, a Dell, and Toshiba laptop. We're diverse like that.
Do I get extra points for still having XP on a partition of this W7?
Many of those products I just referenced are on display on stage, flanking the main screen.
@Chakkra Unfortunately not. Our review unit is in San Francisco. Stick around later today, as we'll have coverage of a Surface-related conference at 1:30 ET/10:30 PT.