Starts with some states
- Approaching 450 million copies of Windows 7 Sold;
- Windows 7 consumer usage officially is greater than XP;
- IE 9 is the fastest growing Windows 7 browser;
- 542 million people signing into Windows Live services.
Quotes about Windows 8
- Mobility means devices you use while carrying, not just devices you carry then use;
- Windows 8 makes Windows 7 even better, because everything that runs on Windows 7 runs on Windows 8;
- Touch-first with full keyboard and mouse w/ fast and fluid user experience;
- Web of apps working together with no compromise across new form factors, desktops and laptops;
- We are focusing on quality not on date. Thus, there is still no ETA when the first beta will be released.
- Etc., etc..
Windows 8 Platform and Tools
- New APIs and tools to build Metro style apps;
- Rapid and scalable development of Metro style apps
- Choice of world-class development tools and languages.
- If you are a web developer, you are already qualified to be a Windows 8 developer.
- Windows Store debuted.
- Windows 8 Experience
- Metro style Platform and Tools
- Hardware Platform
- Cloud Services
Path to RTM, aka when are we expecting to get hands on
Next milestone is Beta. Then RC, then RTM, then GA. That’s exactly the same process they did on Windows 7. Again, the quote to note is that:
We are focusing on quality not on the date.
Some cool screenshots of the keynote
Since I watched the keynote live on screen, I could take any photo of it. Rather, there are many screenshots I took along the way. So make sure you keep scrolling down to check all of them. Memory usage comparison between Windows 7 and Windows 8, 281 MB/29 processes used. Windows 8 Platform and Tools foundation: Metro App submitting to App Store: Microsoft Store: Monster PC: A set of tablets that run Windows 8: Super PC demo’d: Batter is the biggest component inside the tablet: Tablet that supports dual-monitor for all attendees: New Windows Task Manager: New Control Panel: New Control Panel with the PC Reset option: Refresh PC: Reset your PC and start over: Windows Assessment Console: New Remote Desktop, and that supports touch screen as well: Dual screen, yes, the taskbar finally spread out: Path to RTM: