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 Cheng10/25/2012 3:27:52 PM
Windows 8 has had 1.24 billion hours of testing, he says. So it better work without bugs!
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:28:14 PM
Upgrades start at $39.99 for consumers, he says.
sarahtew10/25/2012 3:28:17 PM
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 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 Greene10/25/2012 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 Cheng10/25/2012 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.
sarahtew10/25/2012 3:28:53 PM
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 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 Cheng10/25/2012 3:29:21 PM
Calls the interface "fast and fluid," he says. It's personal and accessible and scalable, he says.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:29:34 PM
Notes keyboard shortcuts work the same.
sarahtew10/25/2012 3:29:44 PM
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 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 Cheng10/25/2012 3:29:48 PM
All Windows 8 software comes with a simple how-to for first-time users, he says.
Jay Greene10/25/2012 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 Cheng10/25/2012 3:30:00 PM
Over 1,000 new PCs have been certified for Windows 8, he says.
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 3:30:17 PM
However, the quality of the manufacturers' touch screens can be hit or miss.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:30:27 PM
You will see fully capable PCs for Windows 8 for under $300. That's cheaper than some tablets!
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:30:48 PM
He talks of Ultrabooks with touch screens too. Those probably won't be under $300.
Jay Greene10/25/2012 3:31:03 PM
That $300 price point for new PCs could be a big motivator to get consumers buying devices.
john.falcone10/25/2012 3:31:06 PM
For anyone having video issues -- refresh now for Flash version (Silverlight stream was broken).
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:31:20 PM
For the home and office, Windows 8 will power a wave of all-in-one PCs.
sarahtew10/25/2012 3:31:40 PM
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:31:44 PM
"These are the best PCs ever made," Sinofsky says.
seth.rosenblatt10/25/2012 3:31:54 PM
Sinofsky pitching the touch screen as being integrated alongside keyboard and mouse. It's not a replacement.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:31:58 PM
Windows has maintained the broadest and deepest library of apps, he says.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:32:06 PM
With Windows 8, Microsoft is enabling a new wave of apps that are touch enabled.
Roger Cheng10/25/2012 3:32:27 PM
He says the new Windows Store represents a great new opportunity for developers.
Jay Greene10/25/2012 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 Cheng10/25/2012 3:32:53 PM
The Windows Store will be available in 231 markets, according to the slide behind Sinofsky.