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Microsoft Windows 8 event

Microsoft officially pulls the curtain back on Windows 8

  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:24:16 PM
    Windows 8 reimagines Windows -- it's for the next billion people, he says.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:24:44 PM
    Sinofsky talks about how this team "boldly reimagined" Windows. And there's no doubt this version of Windows looks very different than any version of Windows most consumers are familiar with.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:24:53 PM
    We've had 16 million on installations of pre-release build of Windows 8, he says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:25:01 PM
    "Windows 8 is computing for the next billion people," Sinofsky says. Similar to Mozilla's argument for Firefox OS, which they claim will get the "next 2.5 billion people" on the Internet.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:25:13 PM
    We've done 650 pages of blogs on Windows 8, he says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:25:27 PM
    Windows 8 is probably the most-tested beta ever, except for maybe Gmail.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:25:41 PM
    Sinofsky is a prolific blogger. It's one of his traits well-known at Microsoft.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:25:47 PM
    Starting at 12:01 a.m. local time, the new era of computing begins, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:26:04 PM
    Announces ability to upgrade to Windows 8 online and in store.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:26:19 PM
    Announcing a grand opening of Windows Store for apps.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:26:32 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:26:37 PM
    Also announcing a new experience of Windows RT (devices running on ARM processors like tablets).
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:26:50 PM
    Of course, these have all been talked about for a while.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:27:18 PM
    Here's the CNET review, by the way, of Windows 8:
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:27:34 PM
    Sinofsky talks about improvements that come from Windows 8: better battery life, faster boot time, smaller memory footprint, strong work with partners, and compatibility with Windows 7 hardware and software.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:27:52 PM
    Windows 8 has had 1.24 billion hours of testing, he says. So it better work without bugs!
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:28:14 PM
    Upgrades start at $39.99 for consumers, he says.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:28:17 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:28:18 PM
    Among the recitation of facts, I'm looking for a strong argument for Windows RT from Sinofsky, That may come in the follow-up event, though.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:28:34 PM
    Windows really is Microsoft's moonshot. It's so complex to pull off. Critics might say it's too complex. But getting all of the different piece of Microsoft and the computer ecosystem is a monumental task.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:28:39 PM
    Now talking about the user interface and interaction of Windows 8. We're at the start of a new era, he says.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:28:53 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:29:02 PM
    Windows 8 is designed to work with mouse and keyboard, as well as touch. That's the big selling point of the new OS: its flexibility.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:29:21 PM
    Calls the interface "fast and fluid," he says. It's personal and accessible and scalable, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:29:34 PM
    Notes keyboard shortcuts work the same.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:29:44 PM
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:29:46 PM
    I think Sinofsky is dead-on about touch. The very first thing I did when Google gave me the Cr-48 Chromebook demo was touch the screen, inadvertently. People want touch.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:29:48 PM
    All Windows 8 software comes with a simple how-to for first-time users, he says.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:29:50 PM
    Microsoft's big bet with Windows 8 in PCs is touch. It's unclear how much consumers will want or use touch screens. It's going to require some new learning.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:30:00 PM
    Over 1,000 new PCs have been certified for Windows 8, he says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:30:17 PM
    However, the quality of the manufacturers' touch screens can be hit or miss.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:30:27 PM
    You will see fully capable PCs for Windows 8 for under $300. That's cheaper than some tablets!
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:30:48 PM
    He talks of Ultrabooks with touch screens too. Those probably won't be under $300.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:31:03 PM
    That $300 price point for new PCs could be a big motivator to get consumers buying devices.
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 3:31:06 PM
    For anyone having video issues -- refresh now for Flash version (Silverlight stream was broken).
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:31:20 PM
    For the home and office, Windows 8 will power a wave of all-in-one PCs.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:31:40 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:31:44 PM
    "These are the best PCs ever made," Sinofsky says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:31:54 PM
    Sinofsky pitching the touch screen as being integrated alongside keyboard and mouse. It's not a replacement.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:31:58 PM
    Windows has maintained the broadest and deepest library of apps, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:32:06 PM
    With Windows 8, Microsoft is enabling a new wave of apps that are touch enabled.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:32:27 PM
    He says the new Windows Store represents a great new opportunity for developers.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:32:43 PM
    The form factors are really going to matter. There were plenty of new Windows 8 PCs in the lounge area when we came in that, honestly, did nothing for me. There's going to be a lot of experimenting going on with PC makers, and a lot of them are going to produce devices that won't sell.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:32:53 PM
    The Windows Store will be available in 231 markets, according to the slide behind Sinofsky.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:33:05 PM
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