It's being held down at the Chelsea Piers complex here in Manhattan
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:55:21 PM
Hey, Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET News, is on. FINALLY.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:56:13 PM
Apologies for the late start. Microsoft took its time letting us in, and just let us into the keynote area.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:56:18 PM
We'll be up and running soon enough.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:56:50 PM
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.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:58:01 PM
The event is being held at Pier 57 on the West Side of Manhattan on 15th Street.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 2:59:04 PM
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.
Chris10/25/2012 2:59:08 PM
Is there anything exciting/new to be expected?
Rich Brown10/25/2012 2:59:41 PM
And not, for the record, Pier 57 at 57th street. Ahem...
Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:00:16 PM
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.
john.falcone10/25/2012 3:00:43 PM
Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:00:43 PM
The first Windows launch I covered with the Windows 2000 debut at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:00:45 PM
@Chris I don't expect too many new announcements -- we've already had a slew of products reviewed.
Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:01:00 PM
Santana played at the Windows 2000 launch.
Dennis Ser10/25/2012 3:01:10 PM
Will Bill Gates be there?
john.falcone10/25/2012 3:01:12 PM
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.]
john.falcone10/25/2012 3:01:31 PM
You'll need Silverlight plug-in for video... not Flash.
Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:01:42 PM
@Dennis Ser I doubt Bill Gates will show up for this one. He did do a video in advance of the Windows 8 debut.
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 3:01:52 PM
People are clapping... obviously, they went a bit nuts with the free coffee.
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 3:02:04 PM
Since we've got another 15 minutes until showtime.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:02:05 PM
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.
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 3:03:08 PM
Do I get extra points for still having XP on a partition of this W7?
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:03:08 PM
Many of those products I just referenced are on display on stage, flanking the main screen.
Chakkra10/25/2012 3:04:19 PM
@ Roger, Is surface not with your team? :-)
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:04:54 PM
@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.
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Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:06:25 PM
Today's event is likely to be MC'd by Steven Sinofsky, the president of the Windows and Windows Live division. He's been mingled among the media, analysts and industry partners this morning. He's a link to a profile I wrote about Sinofsky earlier this week: news.cnet.com