Microsoft at MWC

Microsoft runs through Windows 8 at MWC

  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:47:06 PM
    Hi, everyone, welcome to the CNET Microsoft Windows 8 liveblog from MWC. I'm Scott Stein, and I'm your humble moderator.
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:47:24 PM
    The event officially starts at 9am, so we have a few minutes still.
  • LukeAlan78 2/29/2012 1:47:48 PM
    Hopefully today our questions will be answered: If Microsoft can stay relevant across all platforms.
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:49:50 PM
    Roger Cheng is in Barcelona now: he and Seth Rosenblatt will be writing throughout. They'll go live when they're seated and ready--
  • seth.rosenblatt 2/29/2012 1:49:57 PM
    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.
  • GaryK 2/29/2012 1:50:02 PM
    Is there a way to stream the event?
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:51:49 PM
    Yes, there should be a live stream.
  • Zeyad Tamimi 2/29/2012 1:52:16 PM
    Really looking forward to metro! anyone else shares the Enthusiasm?
  • Kakes 2/29/2012 1:52:25 PM
    Could the fear/thought that Windows 8 might not come out too powerful to perceived as relevant is the reason that this event is not streamed live!
  • InvisiTech 2/29/2012 1:52:41 PM
    No stream means Roger Cheng is going to have to type fast. Any guesses on if we will get a "one more thing" moment?

    I was at MS Canada last week and got the roadmap prez for Win8, WinPhone and the rest of the ecosystem. If they deliver, it will be exciting.
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:54:28 PM
    Big questions/curiosities for me: how Windows 8 will work across platforms and be possibly a true next-gen OS for mobile computing.
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:55:16 PM
    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.
  • Gred Barker 2/29/2012 1:55:34 PM
    Can't wait to see what new features windows 8 has to offer. Maybe the next gen OS will do mobile computing. That would be great.
  • Sjaak Snetselaar 2/29/2012 1:55:43 PM
    well i got the dev version working on my tablet, and i must say i love it so far
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:56:50 PM
    Sorry, no stream. But, lots of analysis and updates here.
  • Zeyad Tamimi 2/29/2012 1:57:01 PM
    I really think they have a chance to redeem themselves if people stop being afraid of the name microsoft
  • Sarah von Puls 2/29/2012 1:57:10 PM
    My concerns are for the enterprise level and what MS's plans are for that...
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:58:07 PM
    @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.
  • GaryK 2/29/2012 1:59:10 PM
    If anyone sees the link go up for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, please post here.
  • seth.rosenblatt 2/29/2012 1:59:33 PM
    I think people who've been playing with the Dev Preview will be pleasantly surprised today, but answers to larger questions would surprise me.
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 1:59:47 PM
    Event starts at 9am, but it could start late if crowds are slow to file in.
  • DMC 2/29/2012 2:00:23 PM
    Metro interface is great on Tablets and phones... not a good experience on desktops and non-touchscreen laptops.
  • WINRT 2/29/2012 2:00:25 PM
    I think its a chance for PC Redemption.. Intel, HP, Dell everyone is wishing for Microsoft to get Win8 right
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:00:27 PM
    Okay, they've finally let us into the main presentation area. After a mad rush, we have our seats.
  • Syed Jalal 2/29/2012 2:00:44 PM
    The problem with android on tablets is that it looks like a device to just hang around with.. We really couldn't do much with it.. Windows on tablets is enough for huge sales
  • seth.rosenblatt 2/29/2012 2:00:49 PM
    And don't worry, everyone. I can assure you we will post the download link if and when Microsoft makes it available.
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:01:18 PM
    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.
  • Aviv Barnea 2/29/2012 2:02:16 PM
    I really hope Windows 8 will be suitable on non- touch based computers, as the developer preview didn't look as such
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:02:20 PM
    It looks like this event is going to start late (par for the course here at Mobile World Congress).
  • petersodja 2/29/2012 2:04:50 PM
    Android is doing a good job on tablets + development is very fast. The question is if Windows 8 can offer something extra.
  • WINRT 2/29/2012 2:05:36 PM
    I know MS has put in a lot of effort into WOA but not being able run legacy applications means it will just be another Tablet OS out there..
  • Selo 2/29/2012 2:05:50 PM
    I hope Microsoft will surprise everyone buy launching Windows 8 that will never need a Service Pack! Am I dreaming?
  • Zeyad Tamimi 2/29/2012 2:06:05 PM
    Also will skydrive show up on my computer as network storage?
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 2:06:24 PM
    @Selo you might be dreaming.
  • Defiant79 2/29/2012 2:06:47 PM
    I love my android tablet, does everything my desktop can do. Would love to see a Windows tablet, or even the ability to dual boot a tablet to have the best of both.
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:06:58 PM
    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.
  • seth.rosenblatt 2/29/2012 2:06:58 PM
    @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.
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:07:12 PM
    Perhaps Windows 8 can convince some of these reporters to switch back to Microsoft?
  • Scott Stein 2/29/2012 2:07:42 PM
    @Roger Cheng ha...ouch.
  • John 2/29/2012 2:07:53 PM
    Roger can you please tell us what's the condition at the venue now?
  • Garbee 2/29/2012 2:08:09 PM
    I want to know a bit more about what OEM's will be able to do with the systems before users get them.
  • aloysius.low 2/29/2012 2:08:31 PM

    The stage is loaded with plenty of Windows 8 devices. Spot anything familiar?

  • dirtymagic86 2/29/2012 2:08:34 PM
    @Roger Cheng.. But then they wouldn't look as cool
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:09:10 PM
    There are roughly 300 reporters, analysts, vendor partners, and Microsoft executives here waiting for the presentation to start.
  • Roger Cheng 2/29/2012 2:09:35 PM
    The stage isn't lit, but you can see an array of tablets, monitors, and one big screen TV with Windows 8 on it.
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