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Old Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Overall it's pretty interesting to watch. They're really focusing on showing off what their partners are doing with hardware and software.

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Old Oct 25, 2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Mr Ballmer's giving a bit of a boring product overview right now. He's used the word "Magical" I think 3 times now.
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I really don't think Ballmer should ever do any of these presentations. He has absolutely no stage presence and I shudder every time he says "it's fun".
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 11:10 AM   #4
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I really don't think Ballmer should ever do any of these presentations. He has absolutely no stage presence and I shudder every time he says "it's fun".
Innorite?

Honestly it's like watching a dark cloud scowl at the audience as it paces the stage. He just exudes the appearance of being a "suit" despite any attempts at screaming DEVELOPERSDEVELOPERSDEVELOPERS as he runs across the stage.
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Windows 8 launch drinking game.

Every take a drink when he says 'developers'.




Edit: Omg, those people just stole all of those tablets.

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Old Oct 25, 2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Did he just slip? I swear I heard him emphasize "you will absolutely not love the new Windows 8." The "not" was brief like he stumbled on something.
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And it's over. Surface webcast starts at 10:30 PDT (12:30 for us Central time peeps).
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Honestly it's like watching a dark cloud scowl at the audience as it paces the stage.
You nailed it. It boggles the mind why they let him on stage. His ending was weird too, no one knew if there was more or not until they started dismantling the set

Surface webcast in 15 mins or so.
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You nailed it. It boggles the mind why they let him on stage. His ending was weird too, no one knew if there was more or not until they started dismantling the set

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So the Jobs and Gates era has (long since) ended and became the Cook and Ballmer era
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Don't forget whoever that dude is who's head of RIM now...
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That commercial makes me hate the Surface now..
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The Glass demonstration is pretty compelling but watching the guy drop the tablet on stage was kinda fun. I would love to have seen it break that one time though.
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Microsoft has learned a lot from Apple. They've spent this entire time talking about what you can do with their stuff. They're really emphasizing the experience, the productivity, the "doing" rather than emphasizing specs or features.

For example showing off the touch cover connected to the device, he described it as being sturdy and a solid sure feel, like holding a book. Rather than saying "it takes X pounds of force to separate the two" or something similar. He's showing off the usability of typing with the cover now and that it can record at the same time like a professor giving a lecture to a student taking notes.

Huge emphasis on what you can do with it. Seems like a big departure from Microsoft of old.
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The finer details about the hardware is impressive. Multitasking portion seems pretty intuitive as well. The camera man needs to stop the shaking, geeeeez...

Love full usb and how easy the DSLR camera plugged in and started to browse the photos. This is almost an essential for me.

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And now we're hitting on this Annie chick.

It still seems a bit jarring when we cut to showing off Office apps and you see the "desktop" experience showing its face. They really need to work on folding that away and just keeping with the consistent experience they're going with for Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT. If I had a tablet, phone and desktop all sporting the same consistent experience and UI, it would be a lot more compelling.

Though I'm still very on the fence regarding developer toolsets.
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The stream is kind of neat, im able to rewind on the parts that i missed. Glad that they went through some basic win8 operations, hopefully this will clear up those silly blogs we've seen about people using it for the first time and being completely useless.
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Hopefully will have time to watch it this weekend. Is it instructive for prospective PC / laptop users? I've had a terrible time making it feel functional / useful on my laptop, and am more than willing to admit that I may just be doing it / looking at it wrong. Frankly, its been a horrible user experience for me so far - more difficult to get used to than OSX when I first started dabbling with that. To the point that I rarely use my laptop now (still running Win7 on my desktop). I'm hopeful that this (or other instructional tools) will help change how I'm currently seeing Win8.
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that Surface tablet looks nice, now if they get the apps out for it
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Hopefully will have time to watch it this weekend. Is it instructive for prospective PC / laptop users? I've had a terrible time making it feel functional / useful on my laptop, and am more than willing to admit that I may just be doing it / looking at it wrong. Frankly, its been a horrible user experience for me so far - more difficult to get used to than OSX when I first started dabbling with that. To the point that I rarely use my laptop now (still running Win7 on my desktop). I'm hopeful that this (or other instructional tools) will help change how I'm currently seeing Win8.
No nothing really instructional, just a lot of showing of what you can do with the new devices and software platform. You'll see a few demonstrations of using Skype, multi-tasking apps like a video and OneNote, stuff like that... They made using the OS look really easy and intuitive, a lot of their presentation points though reflected on what you could do with the new stuff.

For example at one point the presenter gets a Wikipedia app off the Windows store. Then gestures from the right side of the screen and chooses "Search" and types in a search query which presented search results from Wikipedia. You get the results on the left and the list of install apps on the right. So it would have Wikipedia selected, but if you tap on the "Bing Map" app it would show a local map with that search result on it for any nearby locations. Same with other integrated apps. The more I think on it, the more useful it seemed.
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Yeah there's a lot of little things that make it seem intuitive and easy, work flow seems alright. One of the things that caught my eye was that when using win8 on a laptop the same touch gestures (pinch zoom, scroll, swipe for options) are translated to the touchpad as well. I just thought it would be more or less just for swipe left right and moving the cursor.
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have they set up the pro upgrades order yet?

I want to upgrade this laptop for it, its got pen stylus input (no real touch) so i think it would fit perfectly with Win8.

and is it the same as before where 32bit only upgrade to 32bit and 64bit only to 64 (needing fresh install for 32 to 64bit)?
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Posted this is another thread, but a nice little RT review.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6392/t...dows-rt-review
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