Watch the Windows 8 launch stream here

Windows 8 won’t actually be in stores until tomorrow morning, but Microsoft is staging a launch event for the new operating system in New York City today. The event starts in about 10 minutes, and you can watch it here:

The feed is also available from this page, which includes a link to an alternate feed, in case something goes awry with the main one.

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    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    Micro-transactions! Micro-transactions! Micro-transactions! Micro-transactions! Micro-transactions!

    Windows 8 in a nutshell.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    I have a question about W8.

    Suppose you are in a pre-W8 Windows version, and you have 3 programs running.
    In that case, you have three buttons at the bottom of the screen, and you can switch between programs with one mouseclick.

    Now, suppose you have 3 programs running in W8. Real programs, not app things or so, but programs like you have them in pre-W8 versions.
    Would you have 3 buttons at the buttom of the screen in W8 too?

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      In the meantime, I’ld like to share this with you
      [url<]http://tinyurl.com/9cn6rv9[/url<]

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 7 years ago

      If you’re running three desktop programs, sure, they appear on the taskbar the same way they would in Windows 7.

      The complaints about desktop mode are primarily about the loss of the start button/menu. Apart from the loss of the start button/menu (admittedly, no small thing to a number of people), the desktop works the same way.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      with the amount of rage you’ve had about the OS, you’d think you would have at least USED It.

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        Why would I? I have no reason to.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          right. now you’ve confirmed that your uneducated biased opinions have no basis. you spout stuff WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THE BASICS OF IT.

            • Shouefref
            • 7 years ago

            I’ve seen the demo’s. I’ve read the articles.
            It’s clear: W8 is not something I want.
            There are good ideas in it, but they’ve blown it by forcing things on the desktop user which aren’t suitable for the desktop user.
            I remember when W95 came on the market. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon immediately, but it was clearly an improvement.
            But since XP it’s going downhill.
            The first problem was the limited amount of activations (introduced with the XP series).
            Then came that awfull Vista (difficult to upgrade from XP, lot’s of annoying safety elements)
            W7 was slightly betteer than Vista, but still was not what it should be. That was why I didn’t buy W7.
            I hoped W8 would be the final improvement, but they turned everything upside down.
            I don’t have to use W8 to notice that.
            Maybe W9 will be good. But I even doubt that.

            I see the future like this:
            MS will loose more and more marketshare.
            The only people left, will be those who don’t have any choice but using Windows because of business reasons.
            The prices for those people will go up and up.
            In ten years time, MS products will be expensive.
            Other people will use free products on the internet, like Google Doc and the like.

            And that’s without taking into account the impact of China and India.
            What’s gonna happen when they decide to expend their current hardware factories with software production?

    • danny e.
    • 7 years ago

    changed my mind about my comment

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Please turn off autoplay if possible… I idle on the news page like I’m sure a few other people do so it starts playing whenever the page refreshes. :l

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Really gay autoplay… It’s unpausing itself too without refreshing the page.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        GAY? DID IT MAKE A PASS AT YOU?

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          It did every time it turned itself back on.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        .

      • odizzido
      • 7 years ago

      dear god yes. It makes me want to uninstall silverass

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 years ago

    Did I miss something?

    I just see a pale blue screen with “Stay tuned for the Microsoft Surface Webcast at 10:30am PT” with hipster music streaming over my speakers

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      you know what 10:30pt is? it’s 2:30 here, and it’s not yet 2:30, so…..

    • moose17145
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] What can you do with windows 8? ANYTHING![/quote<] Does that anything include getting rid of the kiddie UI and re-enabling the start menu? Also rofl now he is talking about how IT professionals are going to LOVE windows 8. So far every IT professional I have talked to in person said they think windows 8 is a complete cluster f***.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      As an IT professional I am [i<]brimming with love[/i<] for Windows 8. By love I don't mean love, but the other thing.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      it has a lot of IT tools. anyone who hates the additional IT tools because they don’t like the UI is insane.

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        That’s a stupid remark.
        Not everbody needs those additional IT tools.
        Anyway: they try to lure us by offering “additional IT tools” to make us forget they’ve also taken away things.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          WHAT??!??!?!!? YOU’RE SAYING BECAUSE NOT [i<] EVERYONE [/i<] USES IT IT'S STUPID?!?!?!? WTF MAN!? YOU'RE ACTUALLY INSANE. and they took away your start menu. boohoo.

            • bittermann
            • 7 years ago

            Yup, get ready for Windows 8 to change your life….I work in IT as a network admin so show me how these tools are going to magically make my job easier and save $$ when we just moved to 2008 R2? Unless you are talking about server 2012, which is not Windows 8 for consumers?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://www.pcworld.com/article/239983/windows_8_also_has_tools_for_power_users.html[/url<] there's a few...

            • bittermann
            • 7 years ago

            Have you actually read that page? Nothing there going to help me as an admin…we already have system restore so not sure about system reset and refresh…

            • curtisb
            • 7 years ago

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the biggest Windows 8 advocate myself…but it’s certainly not as bad as most of the naysayers would have you believe. Here’s a shortlist of enterprise feature additions or updates:

            [list<] [*<]Hyper-V built right into the client. As an IT professional I applaud this addition as I can now run VMs locally on my workstation instead of wasting server resources for application testing. [/*<][*<]MUCH better Remote Server Administration Tools. Have you seen the new Dashboard on Server 2012? Much better than the Server Manager in 2008/2008 R2. [/*<][*<]From a couple hundred PowerShell cmdlets in Win 7/2008 R2 to over 2500 in Win 8/2012. [/*<][*<]Improved DirectAccess configuration and troubleshooting. I'm sitting on a Windows 7 laptop at home, connected to my home WiFi, and automatically connected to my work network through DirectAccess. If you haven't researched DirectAccess and have mobile users, you really need to look into it.[/*<] [/list<] Just to name a few. But, rather than saying what's going to help, someone explain to me what's [i<]truly[/i<] going to hurt?

            • Shouefref
            • 7 years ago

            I said the remark was stupid, not that the little thingies were stupid. Doesn’t change the fact you might not need them.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            that makes no sense

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 7 years ago

    Those two address the audience as if they are children.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Fitting for a kiddie UI.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      have you met tech reporters?

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 7 years ago

    No, I will not install Silverlight

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Got to love the irony of using a delivery system that is deprecated on the OS that they are promoting.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        Biggest joke ever. I was actually going to watch too, but the silverlight requirement makes it a no go.

        I think I’ll just watch [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMU0tzLwhbE<]this[/url<] instead, it's probably fairly similar to what I'm missing.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      The database system at my work is a web based program, using Silverlight, and is Cloud based. 1-5s delay on EVERY action. Known as TMS online / four rivers. Absolute nightmare.

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        We use Access Data Summation, and it requires older, insecure versions of Silverlight. It also included documentation about major portions of the interface that was not in the product itself, which was a first for me. Just… completely missing. The vendor said it was planned for introduction later. Nice they told us this! The product also starts off with error messages (vendor says ignore these.) and support response via e-mail was two days. The e-mail people asked us to use phone people(hold time 30+ minutes), and vice versa.

        Yeah, we just went back a version. More obvious a beta product I’ve not yet seen.

    • Waco
    • 7 years ago

    People care that much about Windows 8?

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    WOW! UNAVAILABLE SERVICE IS THE BEST LAUNCH EVER!

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Must be using Windows 2012 server and bluescreened.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i wouldn’t doubt it. stupid windows. what do they know.

        • 5150
        • 7 years ago

        I’m not going to sit here and let you badmouth Server 2012.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          So stand up.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            ars likes it.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Ars finds a silver lining in every cloud.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            ok, so your argument is that because they found stuff of value, it doesn’t matter? too bad it wasn’t named after a cat, cause then it would BE THE BEST THING EVER!!!

          • moog
          • 7 years ago

          Server 2012 has amazing scalability and speed now. It’s awesome.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            don’t be stupid, it’s microsoft, it’s automatically garbage.

      • moog
      • 7 years ago

      This is the shit that pisses me off.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    This is gonna be funny

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