Hi, everyone, welcome to the CNET Microsoft Windows 8 liveblog from MWC. I'm Scott Stein, and I'm your humble moderator.
The event officially starts at 9am, so we have a few minutes still.
Roger Cheng is in Barcelona now: he and Seth Rosenblatt will be writing throughout. They'll go live when they're seated and ready--
Hey everybody. I'm on-board for this wild ride, too. Microsoft has said that there's no live video stream of the event because of venue-based limitations.
Yes, there should be a live stream. www.mobileworldlive.com.
Big questions/curiosities for me: how Windows 8 will work across platforms and be possibly a true next-gen OS for mobile computing.
Microsoft's in a unique position because they have no mobile OS they're utterly loyal to like iOS: Windows 8 is a chance to rebuild and make something relevant to tablets, phones, and PCs alike.
Sorry, no stream. But, lots of analysis and updates here.
@Sarah von Puls great question re: enterprise. I think that's a huge opportunity for MS. Android has had a horrible time w/ tablets and relevancy. Microsoft plays this right, and Apple and Microsoft will be the big players in tablets, I think.
I think people who've been playing with the Dev Preview will be pleasantly surprised today, but answers to larger questions would surprise me.
Event starts at 9am, but it could start late if crowds are slow to file in.
Okay, they've finally let us into the main presentation area. After a mad rush, we have our seats.
And don't worry, everyone. I can assure you we will post the download link if and when Microsoft makes it available.
It's going to be a packed house today. I saw some reporters getting turned away for registering too late, or not register at all. There's a queue of people on the waiting list waiting outside.
It looks like this event is going to start late (par for the course here at Mobile World Congress).
@Selo you might be dreaming.
Also the norm at these press events, Macs dominate the press corp. There are a few PCs here and there though, including my colleague Aloysius's work laptop.
@petersodja I think Android has done a lot right, but it consistently gets rollout wrong. See: ICS. See: Honeycomb. If MS can make a case for its tablets later this year, I could easily see it taking over the #2 slot.
Perhaps Windows 8 can convince some of these reporters to switch back to Microsoft?
There are roughly 300 reporters, analysts, vendor partners, and Microsoft executives here waiting for the presentation to start.
The stage isn't lit, but you can see an array of tablets, monitors, and one big screen TV with Windows 8 on it.