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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 25, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today was Microsoft's big Windows 8 launch event, and though we didn't find out many new details, the company did share a few interesting tidbits of information. For instance, did you know that there are more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified PCs now? How about the fact that Microsoft has sold a whopping 670 million Windows 7 licenses? Microsoft also told us that the Windows Store will be available in 231 markets, and that Windows RT is supported by more than 420 million devices. Impressive numbers to be sure, but it's important to remember why we were at this show in the first place: Windows 8 launches in just a few hours, so get ready for that.

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Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft's new OS is here, and there shouldn't be a shortage of PCs to experience it on. The company is launching Windows 8 officially today, and according to Windows President Steven Sinofsky, there are over 1,000 new PCs that are certified to use the new platform. That's not just clunky business desktops, either; there are new tablets, ultrabooks, and all-in-ones, with a big focus on touch.

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Microsoft Windows 8 event: we’re here!

Microsoft Windows 8 event: we’re here!

We're here at the biggest Microsoft event in many years: the launch of Windows 8, right here on the shores of New York City with not just a press event set up for the blast, but a full-on takeover of Times Square as well! We're expecting to see final iterations of many of the key products in Microsoft's extended family as well as 3rd party manufacturers galore, not to mention releases of software and final details on the Windows 8 OS for the whole world. It's here that we'll also be watching Microsoft launch their global campaign for Windows 8 as their key system - it all begins at 11:15 Eastern Time.

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Steve Ballmer: “Obviously” Microsoft will do more hardware

Steve Ballmer: “Obviously” Microsoft will do more hardware

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reiterated the company's new commitment to hardware, suggesting that it will "dive in" when "opportunities to set a new standard" arise. Speaking to the BBC, outspoken Ballmer confirmed what he had previously hinted at in a letter to shareholders earlier this month, a "fundamental shift" of Microsoft's attention from primarily software to a combination of that and the hardware it's used with. The first significant example of that is Surface, Microsoft's Windows RT tablet, but it won't be the last.

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Microsoft live streaming Windows 8 event keynote

Microsoft live streaming Windows 8 event keynote

It isn't exactly a secret anymore that Microsoft is holding a big Windows 8 launch event in New York tomorrow, and indeed, we'll be there covering the whole thing. If you want to follow along as we report the news, you're in luck (at least partially), as Microsoft will be live streaming its keynote from the event. The keynote is scheduled to kick of at 11:15 AM Eastern tomorrow, so be sure to write that down if you want to watch it live.

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Surface with Windows RT Review

Surface with Windows RT Review

Microsoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive and high-quality hardware, Microsoft certainly appears at first glance to have ticked the right boxes. Still, in a market where tablets are generally scaled-up smartphones, does Microsoft's pared-back desktop OS do enough to rid its reliance on the keyboard and mouse? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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32GB Surface models “temporarily sold out” on Microsoft’s UK store

32GB Surface models “temporarily sold out” on Microsoft’s UK store

Microsoft's new Surface tablet might have its share of dissenters, but apparently very few of them live in the UK. Earlier today, ZDNet reported that the 32GB Surface without the Touch Cover - Microsoft's cheapest Surface model - had sold out in the UK. In the time since that report went live, the 32GB Surface with the Touch Cover has sold out as well. Pretty impressive for a tablet that's only been up for pre-order for six days.

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