Windows 8 + Surface Tablet Launch in Micropolis

Article by Cristal G. Orpilla, RN

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Yesterday morning I strolled through the gadget lined streets of Micropolis at Pier 57, as I entered a new world experienced through the eyes of Microsoft.  I walked along,  marvelling at the new tablets, laptops, and ultrabooks that would boast the new Windows 8 operating system.  First in the lineup of speakers was Steve Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft.  Enthusiastic and positive,  he revealed impressive Microsoft stats:

-Windows 7 has sold more than 670 million licenses to date

-Windows 8 has undergone more than 1,240,000,000 hours of testing

-Windows is in use on more than 1 billion computers worldwide

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“We see today as a grand opening, and a very strong one,” Sinofsky said. “Windows 8 was designed to work equally as well with existing PCs and new PCs with touch.”  Julie Larson-Green and Michael Angiulo, were next to speak,  who cursorily demonstrated Windows 8’s operation on a few laptops and tablets onstage.  They emphasized how the new operating system runs significantly faster than its predecessor on older devices. Wrapping up Windows 8 was Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer,  booming voice and all.  He  confidently stated that with Windows 8, “seeing, touching, clicking, and swiping is really believing. Welcome to the world of Windows 8.”

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The afternoon portion of the launch was dedicated to the Microsoft Surface,  which opened with a fun promo video (with lots of clicks and pop-locking schoolgirls).   Panos Panay, General Manager of the Surface team at Microsoft, came up to demo Microsoft’s first own-brand tablet computer.  He reminded me of a giddy kid at Christmastime,  showing off his new toy, proudly beaming video and music to other screens, showing off the ultra-thin, touch sensitive  cover that doubles as a keyboard, and connecting a DSLR to the device’s USB port. He even dropped the device on the floor,  boasting it could be dropped at 72 different orientations, to demonstrate its durability.

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Microsoft’s takeaway message about the Surface? It’s tablet and laptop in one, designed equally for work and entertainment.

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Stay tuned for a review of this slim, sleek, and stylish tablet. The Microsoft Surface starts at $499 for 32 GB.  What do you think of the new Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 OS?

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Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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