Live: Microsoft's launch of Windows 8

Live: Microsoft's launch of Windows 8
This year's October turned out to be yet another action-packed month for mobile. First, we got the iPad mini on the 23rd, and on the 29th we'll be officially introduced to Windows Phone 8, as well as Google's next Nexus device/s. But today is a bit different. Today, we'll be witnessing the launch of Windows 8.

Typically, we don't pay so much attention to desktop operating systems, but Windows 8 is a bold step by Microsoft - a bold step that's positioning the company much, much better than before when it comes to mobile products like tablets. In fact, with the recent success of the tablet market, it's only natural for Microsoft to try and alter its main product so that it's better-suited for touchscreen use, and that's exactly what it did.

With a brand new "Modern" UI and loads of other changes, Microsoft is hoping that Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT are going to be successful competitors against Apple's iOS and Google's Android - two mobile operating systems that are increasingly taking over the mobile sector.

Join us as we're following Microsoft's official launch of Windows 8! You'll find our liveblog below, which will keep you posted about the latest developments with up-to-the-minute updates.

Event starts at: 11:15 AM EDT | 10:15 AM CDT | 08:15 AM PDT | 05:15 PM CET | 03:15 PM GMT



1. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Ray?? I think you missed the dates, Apple event was two day ago...

5. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 196; Member since: May 03, 2012

Who cares about that


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

"Hey guys, this is Ray for PhoneArena" u mean xperia ray ??? :D

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

Oh boy, nothing against MS but I don't think the Metro UI will be as good looking/ functional on mouse and screen PCs as that on the touchscreen PCs.

18. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Actually, I've been using Windows 8 Pro on my laptop, which lacks a touch screen, and it still works great. I love using the "Modern" UI apps, including IE10! I cannot wait until more major developers add some more apps because Windows 8 is truly amazing and innovative. And what's great is that you are not forced to use the "Modern" UI as the Desktop app is just a click away and gives you the Windows 7 experience.

3. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

hey Ray,, i'm so excited!!

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If only ray had the excitement he had for the apple event a few days ago...

4. thegreatone99

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

i wonder wat ms will reveal today besides windows rt

7. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I think it'll catch up really fast. Here's why. PC and laptops are used by millions in household and business. If ms will no longer support other windows, many will have no choice but move to w8. They'll use it and they will love it, just like me.

8. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Or it will fail just like vista. People will just stay behind until Windows 9 comes out.

10. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

though some may wish that to be so. It is doubtful

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol and yet vista fails people use windows7 who cares go away shuu

15. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

There is no fail at this point. You either use it and love it or use nothing at all. Other alternative is everyone go Apple.

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

anyone else see that tablet with the stylus?

11. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Live Live Live Live video stream of the event

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Microsoft and Nokia will be in the top soon

17. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012


21. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Ms, sure. Nokia, not sure.

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good launch. I wish they'd be more accurate and say "yet" instead of "ever", as "ever" implies all time, future, current, and past, despite the generalized misuse of the word

19. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

very cool! good luck.

20. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

$39.99 to upgrade? I'm in.

22. Furbal unregistered

Installing win 8 on two computers right now (free upgrade with lenovo)....wish me luck.

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'LL get my Windows 8 Pro Upgrade box friday if staples has any for sale. I have been using all the Windows 8 release copies and am used to using it and would recommend that others give it a try. I would infrom them not to get freaked out over the the Moern UI start screen because it is just an extra new windows screen that you use to put your Programs and apps on the start screen so that when it appears after you log in you can open them up and use the immediately or if you choose to just skip the Start screen and mouse click or touch the desktop tile and work out things from there and get to all of windows 8's programs and app by mouse clicking or touching the search charm that appears whenever you bring you mouse pointer to the lower left cornet of your non touch screen monitor or whenever you press the windows key and the letter c. pleses remember that to shut off a windows 8 computer you must bring up the 5 Charms and activate the settings charm and then activate the power icon

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