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Microsoft Windows 8 event

Microsoft officially pulls the curtain back on Windows 8

  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:42:08 PM
    They are talking up the new Xbox Music service. Here's our piece on that:
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:42:10 PM
    It was a Windows 7 PC, but with Windows 8, the computer boots 30 percent faster.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:42:25 PM
    The audience cheers loudly for that -- people love their faster boot times.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:42:55 PM
    Mike demonstrates using the laptop's touchpad like he would interact with a touch screen for Windows 8.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:43:02 PM
    Demoing new touchpad drivers
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:43:15 PM
    The new touchpad drivers are a long-overdue improvement, very Mac-like in their responsiveness.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:43:23 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:43:29 PM
    Julie assures us a lot of the same programs and Windows interface is still there below the tile user interface (in case you don't like tiles).
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:43:42 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:43:58 PM
    Mike showing of Excel 2013, which just came out, and says they run just like they did on Windows 7.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:44:21 PM
    How do you do split-screen in Windows 8 with a mouse? Click and drag from the Recent Apps sidebar. Very smooth.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:44:29 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:44:29 PM
    Mike shows off saving an Excel spreadsheet to SkyDrive. SkyDrive should figure prominently on Windows programs.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:44:41 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:45:00 PM
    Mike and Julie showed off two new Windows Phone. Mike teases a new wave of Windows Phone devices. "It'll be the biggest wave ever."
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:45:15 PM
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:45:33 PM
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:45:36 PM
    The traditional Windows interface will be important for many corporate customers, who don't want to have to retrain users on a new interface. It's one of the big challenges for Microsoft: updating the operating system without making it so new that it alienates its core users.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:45:48 PM
    PCs designed for Windows 8 are thinner and lighter, Mike says.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:45:53 PM
    Julie: "These are the best PCs that have ever been made."
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:46:17 PM
    Mike demos a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, which runs on an Intel Atom chip.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:46:27 PM
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:46:32 PM
    @seth rosenblatt Of course, if Julie said something else, like they aren't quite the best PCs ever made, THAT would be news.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:46:36 PM
    Mike now rattling off a list of wireless connections, which should show up on this Lenovo tablet.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:47:05 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:47:18 PM
    Julie now talking about the Acer Aspire S7-191 -- calls it an enterprise-ready laptop that's gorgeous.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:47:50 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:47:52 PM
    Again, nothing new here. These products have been announced and/or reviewed.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:48:04 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:48:08 PM
    That will be an ongoing theme today, as there is little actual "news" coming out today.
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 3:48:20 PM
    Read Dan Ackerman's hands-on impressions of the Aspire S7:
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:48:39 PM
    You want a touch notebook for $499? There will be a Windows 8 one available on the first day.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:49:01 PM
    Complete CNET Windows 8 hardware round-up:
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:49:18 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:49:27 PM
    From tablets to all-in-ones, Windows 8 works for different sizes and screens, Julie says.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:49:32 PM
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 3:49:46 PM
    The Dell XPS One scored a CNET Editors' Choice -- it's the best all-in-one Windows 8 PC so far:
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:50:12 PM
    Partners are making all kinds of new hardware, Mike says, adding that's why the apps have grown in Windows Store.
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 3:50:15 PM
    That flip-over model is the Dell XPS 12 -- full review here:
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:50:51 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:50:54 PM
    Now talking about multitasking - showing off a video of "Fringe" while checking email or browsing the Internet. The video keeps playing.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 3:51:00 PM
    The pair are showing off a slew of different form factors. It's yet to be seen which ones consumers will gravitate too. One, the Dell XPS 12, has a screen that flips over and covers the keyboard. But it looks bulky when in tablet mode. Not sure it's one I'd want.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 3:51:16 PM
    The Snap split-screen feature is an updated take on the Windows 7 version, and it is hands-down one of the best things about Windows 8/Windows RT
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 3:51:28 PM
    You can use the "Search" charm to run searches across the Internet or apps.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 3:51:40 PM
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