Microsoft Windows 8 event

Microsoft officially pulls the curtain back on Windows 8

  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:45:25 PM
    Hi everyone.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:46:16 PM
    The CNET team is lining up to head into the event space, along with all of the other journalists.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:46:33 PM
    I'm further uptown, monitoring things remotely.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:47:16 PM
    Roger Cheng, Jay Greene, Dan Ackerman, Rich Brown, and Seth Rosenblatt will be handling our coverage from NYC.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:47:41 PM
    Microsoft will have a livestream starting around 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT -- I'll post the link here soon.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:49:05 PM
    Sorry, but we couldn't embed the video here. Hope you all will go split screen during hte event.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:49:40 PM
    In the meantime, we already have a lot of great Windows 8 coverage.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:50:09 PM
    For starters, here's our complete list of nearly every announced Windows 8 and Windows RT product so far, by manufacturer: reviews.cnet.com
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:50:34 PM
    Here's Seth Rosenblatt's review of Windows 8: reviews.cnet.com
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:51:07 PM
    And here's Eric Franklin's review of the Surface RT: reviews.cnet.com
  • Zamora Lola 10/25/2012 2:51:15 PM
    why you couldn't embed the video here????
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:51:26 PM
    @Zamora -- MS wouldn't allow it
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:52:31 PM
    We're expecting the event to start in about 25 minutes
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:52:51 PM
    Video stream will be available here: www.microsoft.com
  • Brian 10/25/2012 2:54:48 PM
    Where is this event being held?
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 2:55:08 PM
    It's being held down at the Chelsea Piers complex here in Manhattan
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 2:55:21 PM
    Hey, Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET News, is on. FINALLY.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 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 Cheng 10/25/2012 2:56:18 PM
    We'll be up and running soon enough.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 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 Cheng 10/25/2012 2:58:01 PM
    The event is being held at Pier 57 on the West Side of Manhattan on 15th Street.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 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.
  • Chris 10/25/2012 2:59:08 PM
    Is there anything exciting/new to be expected?
  • Rich Brown 10/25/2012 2:59:41 PM
    And not, for the record, Pier 57 at 57th street. Ahem...
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 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.falcone 10/25/2012 3:00:43 PM
    OK, everyone.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:00:43 PM
    The first Windows launch I covered with the Windows 2000 debut at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:00:45 PM
    @Chris I don't expect too many new announcements -- we've already had a slew of products reviewed.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:01:00 PM
    Santana played at the Windows 2000 launch.
  • Dennis Ser 10/25/2012 3:01:10 PM
    Will Bill Gates be there?
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 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.falcone 10/25/2012 3:01:31 PM
    You'll need Silverlight plug-in for video... not Flash.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 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.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:01:52 PM
    People are clapping... obviously, they went a bit nuts with the free coffee.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:02:04 PM
    Since we've got another 15 minutes until showtime.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 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.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:03:08 PM
    Do I get extra points for still having XP on a partition of this W7?
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:03:08 PM
    Many of those products I just referenced are on display on stage, flanking the main screen.
  • Chakkra 10/25/2012 3:04:19 PM
    @ Roger, Is surface not with your team? :-)
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 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 Greene 10/25/2012 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
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