by September 15, 2011 0 comments


 Refer to the links below to track
all of the updates from BUILD in
Anaheim. Please visit Microsoft
News Center


the on-demand video of the keynote

press release, which provides a basic overview of content highlighted
in the keynote

the Windows 8 Developer Preview Fact Sheet for a more detailed look
at what was announced in the keynote

may also follow
hashtag on Twitter for updates and follow
news and information from BUILD.

can also visit the BUILD site

the Building
8 blog

more information on the event and the Windows 8 engineering process.

Expert Reaction:
principal analyst Richard Edwards gives his expert opinion

has launched Windows Developer Preview, a pre-beta version of Windows
8 for software developers. Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows
Division at Microsoft, talked about a reimagining of Windows, and how
the company was building on the foundations of Windows 7 and its
Windows Live services. 542 million people use Windows Live, but
Microsoft now needs to find a way to derive some serious revenue from
these users, and the best way to accomplish this is through apps.”

450 million copies of Windows 7 sold to date, Microsoft must now
transition its desktop operating system to the world of tablets and
slates. More than two thirds of PCs today are mobile devices
(laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablets and slates), and so it comes
as no surprise to see that Microsoft has gone ‘all-in’ with a
complete redesign of the Windows interface to cater for touch

release in 2012, Windows 8 has a similar look-and-feel to
Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 7,
although users can switch back and forth to the classic Windows
interface if they prefer. This is a bold move for Microsoft, as
previously the company has tended to follow the market in terms of
user interface design.”

that Windows 8 will deliver richer security features, faster
start-up times and longer battery life; it will also run on a wider
choice of devices and chipsets — a major shift for Microsoft’s
hitherto x86-only Windows operating system.”

an app-centric, consumer-oriented world, Windows 8’s success
will undoubtedly be measured by the revenue Microsoft drives through
its new Windows app Store. We believe that making a success of the
Windows Store will be a big challenge for Microsoft, but failure is
not an option, as the company desperately needs to generate a new
revenue stream as sales in other areas of its business decline.”

have seen the Apple iPad, Android tablets, and the BlackBerry
PlayBook in the workplace, and are excited by these new form factors.
But the only way to deliver traditional, Windows-based,
line-of-business applications to these devices is by investing in
expensive IT virtualisation technology, and so a Windows 8
touch-based slate PC could be a winning combination.”

market is currently exploring the idea of ‘Bring Your Own
Device’ and we believe that the timing of Windows 8 couldn’t be
better. But can Microsoft and its Windows ecosystem deliver? If not,
then it will probably be game-over for the Windows PC as we know it.”

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