Microsoft Windows 8 event

Microsoft officially pulls the curtain back on Windows 8

  • Paolo Sanchez 10/25/2012 3:07:19 PM
    @Jay Greene didn't strike me as that kind of an exec.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:07:41 PM
    Microsoft still knows how to pack a room. The seats are filling up quickly.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:08:02 PM
    @Paolo Sanchez Sinofsky is a polarizing figure. He ships product, which is a huge deal at Microsoft. But he doesn't always make friends in the process.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:08:20 PM
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  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:09:35 PM
    Check out those pics from Sarah. The plethora of Windows 8 devices indicates both a renewed interest in innovation from manufacturers and a serious uncertainty about what's going to work for consumers.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:09:51 PM
    There's some bland house music playing in the background. Not offensive at all. I guess the ideal music to play for this kind of event.
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 3:10:53 PM
    REMINDER: refresh the page for the live video stream. But note that it requires Silverlight (not Flash).
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:15:10 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:16:05 PM
    Thank you, Sarah, for reminding me not to slouch...
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 3:16:58 PM
    REMINDER: refresh the page for the live video stream. Embed requires Silverlight, Flash link also available.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:17:08 PM
  • Adam Bliss 10/25/2012 3:17:15 PM
    I'm a little disappointed with the lack of live CNET peeps. Doesn't have to be Molly and Tong, but at least cover the event the same as Apple's.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:17:31 PM
    There's wonky Internet connection in the room. Each of us is flitting in and out. Hoping it's a bit more smooth during the presentation.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:18:21 PM
  • john.falcone 10/25/2012 3:18:23 PM
    @Adam -- Our NY team is there in force; a bit too early for the SF team.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:18:30 PM
    And the screen goes dark. Cue the slick promo video.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:18:54 PM
    Ok, the music has stopped. This thing should kick off soon.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:19:07 PM
    Video showing Sinofsky in Shanghai, where he was earlier this week launching Windows 8 there.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:19:21 PM
    Some more Windows launch history. Windows XP debuted in New York as well, just a few weeks after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. There was some discussion about moving the event elsewhere. But then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani prevailed upon Bill Gates to keep the event in New York to help show the world that the city was bowed but not broken.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:19:33 PM
    The video highlights various Windows 8 events all around the world with some thumping background music. I guess we're supposed to get pumped.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:19:45 PM
    Okay, video is over, and Steven Sinofsky is on stage now.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:20:04 PM
    Microsoft is highlighting how widely used Windows is worldwide. More than 1 billion machines runs some version of the Windows operating system.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:20:08 PM
    Sinofsky: We are here to celebrate global availability of a new era of Windows PCs.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:20:21 PM
    Sinofsky welcomes the various PC and chip partners.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:20:34 PM
    Here we go.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:20:34 PM
    Windows 8 is a major milestone in the evolution and revolution of computing, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:21:01 PM
    Having surpassed 1 billion users, we are looking forward to the next billion, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:21:07 PM
    Now on Windows 7 - it's the most widely used and widely praised OS ever, Sinofsky says.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:21:14 PM
    Sinofsky is the guy who took over Windows with the Windows 7 launch. He cleaned up the mess that was Windows Vista.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:21:16 PM
    Windows 7 has sold 670M licenses to businesses and consumers, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:21:23 PM
    That gets a lot of applause.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:21:35 PM
    Windows 7 has seen the fastest adoption by businesses ever, Sinofsky says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:22:21 PM
    Sinofsky talks about cloud services and SkyDrive. Today, it has 11 million photos.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:22:30 PM
    14 petabytes of data in SkyDrive, people add 2 PB every month
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:22:48 PM
    Sinofsky is building the foundation for the Windows 8 launch. But really, it's a lot of Windows 7 talk.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:22:53 PM
    Compares it to Windows 95, which was the basis for Windows 7 with things like the Start Menu.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:23:18 PM
    No Internet, no email, no smartphones, Sinofsky says, it's like "we were living in caves," he said to laughs.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:23:40 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:23:43 PM
    Windows 8 is different, he says. We're connected all the time. People are at the center. Work and play are intertwined.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:23:59 PM
    PCs have been replaced by mobile devices at a fraction of the price, he notes.
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