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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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Lenovo Windows 8 Convertibles family comes together for hands-on action

Lenovo Windows 8 Convertibles family comes together for hands-on action

This week we've gotten the opportunity to take a peek at the nearest-to-final builds of Lenovo's entire Convertible Windows 8 / RT family this week, including the IdeaPad Yoga 13, IdeaPad Yoga 11, ideatab Lynx, ThinkPad Twist, and ThinkPad Tablet 2. Each of these units is unique in its ability to bring Windows 8 or Windows RT to users in their feature sets that include flipping, turning, folding, and straight up sheathing. While we've seen all of these devices before, here lies an opportunity to see them up-close and personal right before review unit time.

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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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Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Microsoft's SmartGlass second-screen for Xbox 360 will launch on October 26 alongside Windows 8, turning tablets and smartphones into companion displays for gaming, entertainment, and more on the console. The free app will eventually be offered for Windows 8 and RT tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, with the ability to control multimedia playback and web browsing from your gadget - working with the new Internet Explorer for Xbox arriving in the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update - in addition to showing stats and bios for sports games and movies, and of course integrating with games like Forza Horizon and Halo Waypoint.

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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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