Liveblog: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 and Surface

by windowsiso on October 25, 2012

10:45AM: We’re inside, where Microsoft has set up a room full of Windows 8 devices, a table of food, and plenty of couches. Press is mingling and playing with all of the desktops, notebooks, tablets and convertibles. We’re all waiting for the upcoming keynote.

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Photo: Ariel Zambelich /Wired

NEW YORK — Microsoft is launching two of its most important products to date: Windows 8 and Surface. The company is hosting its Windows 8 coming-out party and a Surface tablet reception on Thursday at Pier 57 in New York City, and Wired is here to deliver the excitement as it happens.

A year after its introduction, Microsoft is finally ready to launch the Windows 8 operating system this Friday, Oct. 26. To celebrate, the company is making a big show of the product launch, taking over NYC’s Times Square and hosting an almost all-day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Gadget Lab staff writer Alexandra Chang (@alexandra_chang) will be on-site with live updates, including the blow by blow of the Windows 8 keynote, expected to be delivered by CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows President Steven Sinofsky, and other Windows and Surface execs.

For more on Windows 8, read our full review and our favorite features in the new operating system.

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