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Microsoft Windows 8 event

Microsoft officially pulls the curtain back on Windows 8

  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:10:30 PM
    That's a large number in a world of large numbers.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 4:10:30 PM
    A lot of the presentations today are covering information that's been released previously.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 4:10:31 PM
    Ballmer making the link to Windows Phone. The company wants to help Windows Phone, which significantly lags rivals, with Windows 8.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:10:47 PM
    Says he expects 400 million new PCs sold, most of which will run Windows 8.
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 4:10:57 PM
    670M potential Windows 8 upgrades, at $40 each. Upgrades could be a LOT of money for MS.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 4:11:08 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:11:25 PM
    Developers are furiously working to "stock the shelves" with apps in the Windows Store, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:11:42 PM
    Developers like the developer-friendly terms of the Windows Store, he says. That's a big deal.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 4:11:52 PM
    Ballmer is talking up the opportunity for developers. MIcrosoft will host a few thousand developers next week at its BUILD conference in Redmond.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:12:15 PM
    It captures what our team tried to do with Windows 8, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:12:20 PM
    "Windows Re-Imagined" will be a tagline heard a lot today and during its campaign, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:12:36 PM
    Ballmer again says they are the best PCs ever. They're repeating that line A LOT today.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 4:12:41 PM
    The company needs to convince developers of mobile apps to create new ones for its platform. That's a huge challenge as well as Microsoft pushes into the tablet world.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 4:12:49 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:13:00 PM
    Ballmer: I encourage you to go out to a store and look it up online.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:13:16 PM
    Ballmer wraps things up, and thanks everyone for showing up.
  • sarahtew 10/25/2012 4:13:21 PM
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 4:13:43 PM
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:13:50 PM
    Okay, folks from the front row got up to take the hardware from the stage and put everything away. I thought they were dancers.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:14:05 PM big celebrity guest. I guess that means Microsoft's pretty confident in its product.
  • Jay Greene 10/25/2012 4:14:09 PM
    And that's it. The show is over. No Jay Leno. No Santana. A lot of Microsoft execs and talk about the products. Not much flash though.
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 4:14:27 PM
    And, as a reminder, we already have some of these Windows 8 PCs reviewed, and hands-on impressions of many more: Windows 8: New PC launch list
  • seth.rosenblatt 10/25/2012 4:14:30 PM
    well, that was anti-climactic
  • John Falcone 10/25/2012 4:15:08 PM
    As a reminder, Windows 8 PCs (and the OS) go on sale tomorrow.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:15:12 PM
    Sinofsky gets out to the audience -- but mostly the front area -- to talk with folks who are likely partners.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:17:01 PM
    OK, folks, that's a wrap.
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:17:22 PM
    Thanks everyone for tuning in!
  • Roger Cheng 10/25/2012 4:17:47 PM
    There's a second conference in an hour that will focus on the Surface. We won't be live blogging it, but check with CNET to get the full coverage.
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