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Live: Microsoft's launch of Windows 8

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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

Live event tracker

11:15That was all from us, guys and gals, thanks for being with us! Ray signing off, or should I say... logging off?
11:14Not much excitement in the room, but Steve did manage to excite us about Windows 8. What about you?
11:13"Thank you for your time today, welcome to the world of Windows 8!"
11:12"We've grown very fond of this new term: Windows Reimagined." That will be Microsoft's marketing massage for Win 8.
11:11"Developers are working fast and furiously to stock the shelves." Developers, developers, developers, developers!
11:10Ballmer is making a short summary about Windows Phone 8 finally. But we'll know more on Monday.
11:09"Enterprise customers will also love the new Windows 8 devices." That's good, because we almost thought Win 8 was all about consumers.
11:08Steve is especially proud of the Skype experience in Windows 8. It should be the ultimate Skype experience, EVAR!
11:06"Internet Explorer 10 is here.... and as Steven and Mike and Julie said - it's perfect for touch." It is indeed - we tried it on the ATIV.
11:05"Right out of the box you'll find gorgeous beautiful applications built on Bing."
11:03"Our partners have come up with some incredible new designs. Are they PCs? YES! Are they tablets? YES!"
11:02"These are the thinnest, the lightest and the fastest PCs ever created." No one dares to object.
11:01"Windows 8 PCs are the best PCs ever. The line-up is both diverse and stunning."
11:00"The experience is really magical." The wizards seem to be coming out of hiding these days.
10:59"Just stop and look at these gorgeous, gorgeous machines!" Steve is doubling down on the adjectives tonight... literally.
10:58"Starting tonight - at 0:01AM, you'll be able to buy a spectacular new Windows PC."
10:58Oh, it's the man himself - Steve Ballmer on stage! "It really is an exciting, exciting day!"
10:57Julie and Mike have finished with their demo, let's see what happens now!
10:56As Mike gets to demo the Surface once again, a soft round of applause occurs.
10:56Mike is really excited about a Windows RT-powered Dell tablet, but he handles the Samsung ATIV to Julie.
10:54The largest app category in the store currently is Games. Not really a surprise.
10:51Mike and Julie will now demo the Windows app store. How easy it is to access it and to discover new content.
10:50Mike is demoing some cool Windows 8 PCs - from tablets, to notebooks to large iMac-like destops.
10:46They are showing off a Lenovo tablet, one with an Intel Atom processor.
10:44Julie is more of a "down to business" type, while Mike seems to be the enthusiastic geek in the duo.
10:43Julie has a Live Tile with Steve Ballmer on her personal desktop... Hmm...
10:39Mike Angiulo and Julie Larson Green are now on stage to demo some of Windows 8.
10:37Windows RT is still Windows, though, so it will easily recognize all kind of devices and accessories like printers, for example.
10:36Windows RT runs a suite of built-in apps (read: the essentials), but of course, there will be many other apps to install from the store.
10:35"Windows RT brings with it the full richness of the Windows experience." Yes, and it will also NOT bring any legacy programs!
10:32AMD is not out of the game, though, it will also be powering Windows 8 PCs.
10:31Today we'll also see the introduction of new ultrabooks, powered by latest Intel technology.
10:30According to Microsoft, the new touch interface of Win 8, the Modern UI, is the next best thing after sliced bread.
10:29Windows 8 was design to work equally well with existing PCs and new touchscreen PCs.
10:28Windows 8 upgrades are available today online and in-stores. Starting at $39.99 in the US.
10:27They will talk about three things: the Win 8 upgrade options, the Windows application store, and RT.
10:26"So it is today with great pride that we unveil that next-generation of Windows."
10:25Nothing really interesting for now. He explains some of the things they have done in order to make Win 8 so great...

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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:12 2

1. Ueliton (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:21 18

5. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 185; Member since: 03 May 2012)

Who cares about that

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:36 2

6. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:12 4

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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:35

18. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:12

3. fsnas (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

hey Ray,,
i'm so excited!!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:59 1

12. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:17 1

4. thegreatone99 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

i wonder wat ms will reveal today besides windows rt

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:38

7. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:47 1

8. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:53 1

10. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:34

14. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:34 1

15. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:52

9. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

anyone else see that tablet with the stylus?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:53 1

11. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

Live Live Live
Live video stream of the event

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:01 7

13. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Microsoft and Nokia will be in the top soon

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:21 1

17. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:42 1

21. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Ms, sure. Nokia, not sure.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:20

16. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:42

19. jonartpop (Posts: 194; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

very cool! good luck.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:31 1

20. The_Innovation (Posts: 632; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

$39.99 to upgrade? I'm in.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 00:37

22. Furbal (unregistered)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 01:51

23. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 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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