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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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Microsoft giving the first 100 line sitters free Xbox Music for a year

Microsoft giving the first 100 line sitters free Xbox Music for a year

If you were one of the unlucky ones to not get the chance to pre-order a fancy Surface tablet from Microsoft, you're only option is to wait in line at your local Microsoft Store. However, it seems Microsoft is expecting a dim crowd for the launch, so they're giving the first 100 people in line at every Microsoft Store one year of Xbox Music service.

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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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Bill Gates discusses future of Microsoft with Surface and Windows 8

Bill Gates discusses future of Microsoft with Surface and Windows 8

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates sat down and talked for the first time about Microsoft's upcoming launch of its Surface tablet and Windows 8. Gates talks about the future of Windows with touch and tablet experiences, which are new for the company, but he also mentioned that the shift towards tablets is a big step for Microsoft.

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Microsoft begins updating Office RT to final version

Microsoft begins updating Office RT to final version

Microsoft's Surface RT runs Windows apps, not regular Windows software. As such, it comes installed with a preview of the Office RT app, which is Office 2013 for the Surface. Originally, Microsoft said that the update taking Office RT from preview into its final version wouldn't be released until November, but it seems they're ahead of schedule.

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Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores are reportedly taking reservations for the company's Surface tablet, promising to hold stock for eager early-adopters hoping to pick up one of the Windows RT slates on Friday next week. The voucher, apparently being handed out at Microsoft Stores and pop-up stores according to WPCentral, is only valid on October 26 and doesn't appear to specify which Surface it can be exchanged for.

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Expert says Microsoft Surface display isn’t sharper than the iPad

Expert says Microsoft Surface display isn’t sharper than the iPad

A display expert has refuted Microsoft's claim that the Surface RT display is sharper than the iPad. This denouncement comes after Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, compared the technology used by the two devices. According to him, it is "very unlikely that [the Surface] will turn out to be visually sharper than the new iPad 3."

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Microsoft training staff on the differences between Windows 8 and RT

Microsoft training staff on the differences between Windows 8 and RT

There's been some confusion floating about regarding the operating system on Microsoft's Surface device, of which the $499 version running RT has sold out on pre-sale already. What's that, you ask? Windows RT? Doesn't Surface run Windows 8? Yes and no. Microsoft has started training employees on the difference between the two, but many consumers are still confused.

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Microsoft sells out of $499 Surface RT pre-orders

Microsoft sells out of $499 Surface RT pre-orders

Microsoft's Surface tablet has generated a massive buzz over the last few weeks, culminating in the lowest priced option, the $499 32GB tablet sans-cover, having already sold out in pre-orders. The device was opened to pre-orders yesterday, and is now backordered by three weeks. For now, the other two models are available for shipping on October 26th.

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