Microsoft mystery event unveiled - Live Coverage

The doors have opened to the press, and they're flooding in for what seems to be the biggest Microsoft event of the year. But what will it hold? No-one knows just yet.

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Neowin Live - This event has concluded

22:28 Owen Williams Welcome to this Neowin.net live event. Coverage will begin shortly.
22:29 Owen Williams Hi Everyone, the doors about to open :)
22:31 Owen Williams There's a "limited photo opportunity" at the end. Whatever it is, it sounds like it'll be behind glass.
22:33 Owen Williams The line is still not moving for press to get in.
22:33 Brad Sams We will have three of us working this liveblog but will try to let only one run the text while the rest the other two upload pictures (hopefully)
22:41 Owen Williams Still waiting in line...
22:42 Owen Williams This is the location of the event: http://www.milkstudios.com/
22:43 Owen Williams Alright, everyone is going inside!
22:44 Owen Williams It's going to take a while to get everyone inside.
22:47 Owen Williams Any last minute guesses?
22:47 Owen Williams Alright, folks are being seated.
22:50 Owen Williams They handed us cards with "5:20pm" written on them and mysteriously said "This will be clearer later on during the presentation.
22:51 Owen Williams My bets are still on an Xbox-related device.
22:52 Owen Williams There is no cellphone coverage inside the Microsoft event.
22:54 Owen Williams There's a runway inside. Fashion show?
22:56 Owen Williams We think the time cards are for photo opportunities after the event.
22:57 Brad Sams
22:58 Owen Williams It looks like the dotted line thing is something to do with blurring the lines between screens.
22:58 Brad Sams
22:58 Owen Williams Our card has "5:30pm" written on it
22:59 Brad Sams
23:00 Owen Williams Is this the first time that the news hasn't leaked BEFORE the event?
23:01 Owen Williams There's definitely a dual-screen esque feel here...
23:02 Owen Williams The images are all implying it, at least.
23:02 Brad Sams
23:02 Owen Williams Surely they haven't bought the courier with them?
23:03 Brad Sams
23:04 Owen Williams If the courier is really here, pigs are flying today...
23:05 Owen Williams Just a few minutes left, apparently...
23:05 Brad Sams
23:06 Brad Sams
23:07 Owen Williams Microsoft just reached out to us to ask us to use our photos of the event...
23:08 Owen Williams No taping during the presentation.
23:08 Owen Williams They just mentioned something about "obtaining" something.
23:09 Owen Williams "Good afternoon, and Welcome!"
23:10 Owen Williams The screen has patterns of rectangles flashing over it now...
23:10 Owen Williams Rectangles mean tablets... right?
23:12 Owen Williams Steve Ballmer is on stage!
23:12 Owen Williams Looks like this is going to be a Windows announcement
23:13 Owen Williams hank you for joining us. The past several years have seen great change in the industry, and from Microsoft.
23:13 Brad Sams
23:13 Owen Williams Talking about embracing cloud computing and entertainment
23:13 Owen Williams "Windows"
23:13 Owen Williams In homes, businesses, schools and government...
23:13 Owen Williams "Windows 8 reimagines the product"
23:14 Brad Sams
23:14 Owen Williams "We designed Windows 8 for the world we know, in which most computers are mobile."
23:14 Brad Sams
23:15 Owen Williams "Excitement is high for Windows 8"
23:15 Owen Williams Ballmer is listing off new Windows 8 features.
23:15 Owen Williams Windows RT, Metro, apps
23:15 Owen Williams "Today we want to add another piece to that Windows 8 story."
23:15 Brad Sams
23:16 Owen Williams Ballmer thanked Microsoft partners and customers
23:16 Brad Sams
23:16 Owen Williams "It was always clear that what our software could do would require us to push hardware, sometimes where our partners hadn't envisioned."
23:16 Owen Williams Woah...
23:16 Owen Williams I think Microsoft made a tablet.
23:16 Owen Williams This is definitely hardware
23:16 Owen Williams Video time now...
23:17 Owen Williams Mice, Keyboards... Xbox...
23:17 Owen Williams All wireless, btw
23:17 Owen Williams Surface was in that video,talkinga bout Kinect now
23:17 Owen Williams "here's to the next 30 years"
23:18 Owen Williams Ballmer is back on stage
23:18 Owen Williams "We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when every aspect of the experience is considered together."
23:19 Owen Williams Ballmer just said that "Microsoft built the mouse for Windows"
23:19 Brad Sams
23:19 Owen Williams "Our most successful hardware has been the Xbox."
23:19 Brad Sams
23:19 Owen Williams "We see that combination working in our PC ecosystem"
23:20 Brad Sams
23:20 Owen Williams "The ultimate landing point of the PC experience is through our OEM's"
23:20 Owen Williams No mention of the Zune...
23:21 Owen Williams "with Windows 8 we did not want to leave any scene uncovered."
23:21 Owen Williams "We wanted to give Windows 8 it's own hardware."
23:21 Owen Williams "What is it? It's something new. A whole new family of computing devices from MSFT"
23:21 Brad Sams
23:22 Owen Williams "This is the new Microsoft Surface."
23:22 Owen Williams Steve has a tablet in his hand...
23:22 Brad Sams
23:22 Owen Williams "Hardware and software pushing each other."
23:23 Owen Williams Steve Sinofsky just came out
23:23 Owen Williams "A tablet that works and plays the way you want it to"
23:23 Brad Sams
23:24 Owen Williams Surface comes in at 9.3mm thick, features USB2.0
23:24 Owen Williams Built in magnesium
23:24 Owen Williams "VaporMag case" is the technical name
23:25 Owen Williams 576 grams!
23:25 Owen Williams "This case is the first of its kind."
23:25 Owen Williams "I can go and play games on the Windows Store."
23:25 Owen Williams 10.6" display
23:25 Owen Williams There's a Windows logo on the back...
23:26 Brad Sams
23:26 Owen Williams Woah, the tablet didn't work...
23:26 Owen Williams He just grabbed another tablet
23:26 Owen Williams "here's Netflix on Windows 8"
23:26 Brad Sams
23:26 Owen Williams Semantic Zoom works with Microsoft Surface
23:27 Brad Sams
23:27 Owen Williams Build in kickstand...
23:28 Owen Williams "Surface is designed to be mobile."
23:28 Owen Williams It has gorilla glass too!
23:29 Owen Williams The cover is a full multitouch keyboard!
23:30 Brad Sams Showing off a nice looking keyboard for the surface
23:30 Owen Williams Keyboard comes in tons of metro colors
23:30 Brad Sams crowd is loving it
23:30 Brad Sams
23:30 Brad Sams 3mm thin keyboard
23:30 Brad Sams touch typing
23:31 Brad Sams Device will even run offic, full windows desktop, nothing held back here folks
23:31 Brad Sams
23:31 Brad Sams That's surface in a tablet form, moving on!
23:32 Brad Sams So it will run on Windows based on Intel and Windows RT
23:33 Brad Sams
23:33 Brad Sams There is also Windows 8 pro - surface
23:33 Brad Sams Designed for the corporate enviornment
23:33 Brad Sams This intel based version is less than 2lbs, cleartype display,
23:35 Brad Sams The pro version has top notch specs including Core i5 3rd gen chps
23:35 Brad Sams
23:36 Brad Sams Works with a stylus, digital ink
23:36 Brad Sams
23:37 Brad Sams Live inline editing with text and pen, distance between the screen and the tip of the stylus is .7inches so it feels like you are writting on the page
23:37 Brad Sams
23:38 Brad Sams The stylus will magnetize to the tablet, display port on the device too
23:39 Brad Sams Now showing the device running full desktop mode, new look at the UI
23:40 Brad Sams Ms will also introudcing type cover
23:40 Brad Sams It appears to be an overlay to the thin keyboard that gives you tacticle feedback
23:41 Brad Sams
23:41 Brad Sams Showing off another video
23:42 Brad Sams This is about how the product came from concept to creation
23:42 Brad Sams
23:43 Brad Sams Microsoft touting the build quality here, something really special
23:43 Brad Sams
23:44 Brad Sams
23:44 Brad Sams The tablet is perfect as it is part of their teams culture
23:45 Brad Sams
23:46 Brad Sams Microsoft wanted to bring creativity to the platform, it has an integrated kickstand, and is comfortable to use all day
23:47 Brad Sams The hinges on the kickstand are made to feel like a high end car door..no cheap slamming here
23:48 Brad Sams
23:49 Brad Sams
23:49 Brad Sams The case is basically custom fit, no surprises here, microsoft wen all out.
23:50 Brad Sams The touch covers simply attach, pair instantly, and effortlessly
23:51 Brad Sams Touch covers are 3mm thin
23:51 Brad Sams It will look and feel like a book, a courier maybe?
23:52 Brad Sams
23:52 Brad Sams
23:53 Brad Sams The tablet has an accelerometer built in too
23:54 Brad Sams Showing off the impressive touch cover and how it has tactical feel as well
23:54 Brad Sams Touch reaction time is faster than your standard keyboard
23:55 Brad Sams Sinofsky back on stage
23:56 Brad Sams Surface will come in 32 and 64 GB size, prices in the ballpark of ARM tablets
23:56 Brad Sams The intel version, higher storage capacity, higher price..closer to ultrabook price we presume
23:57 Owen Williams "Why now?"
23:57 Brad Sams Ballmer back on stage
23:57 Owen Williams Availability will be with Windows 8 launch for Win RT - 3 months later for Pro.
23:57 Owen Williams "we took the time to get surface and Windows 8 right"
23:58 Owen Williams "We want those of you here to see and touch it, we have several stations set up next door where you can see what went into it."
23:58 Owen Williams It's hands on time.
23:58 Owen Williams ...And it's over.
23:58 Brad Sams
23:59 Owen Williams It's impressive that Microsoft kept this secret for so long.
23:59 Owen Williams If Windows 8 RTM's soon, devices could be available in just 6 weeks...
23:59 Owen Williams Alright, folks, that's the end of that!
23:59 Owen Williams Thanks for watching! :)
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I'm buyin, was waiting for MS tablet to be announced/released, thank you god for makin MS do this.
Just gotta wait until it hits the market.

Well, I don't know about you guys, but I'm impressed.
I would buy one right now after seeing this and having played around with win 8 for the last 8 months.

People still think it's a stinker?

Stoffel said,
Well, I don't know about you guys, but I'm impressed.
I would buy one right now after seeing this and having played around with win 8 for the last 8 months.

People still think it's a stinker?

I was sold after only a few weeks of playing with the Consumer Preview. I have had the Developer Preview installed since day one but not having access to vital functions/features didn't come until the CP. Can't wait to get my hands on one of these tablets later this year.

DarkeRetribution said,
Finally the one and only iPad Killer has arrived. I'm sure plans on the next iPad just jumped up 5 months!

If anything will kill the iPad, it'll be this along with other more powerful Windows 8/RT tablets. Android doesn't stand a chance.

Asrokhel said,
USB 2.0, seriously, why couldn't they fit it with USB 3.0, it is backwards compatible after all!

2.0 for Windows RT
3.0 for Intel

I think there's no or immature chipset for 3.0 for RT.

calimike said,
Copying a 1GB file in 5 secs and 5 times faster than USB 2.0 Insane Awesome!!!! I want to buy MS Surface

The RT version is USB2. The Pro version is USB3

Wait the Xbox surface stuff released earlier, it could be true now after seeing that this is called surface. Maybe they will also announce a surface for the xbox or maybe the surface will work with the next gen xbox.

MorganX said,
Look great but "features" USB 2.0????
I thought the same thing. I suspect it is because ARM processors lack the controller for USB 3, for now.

Make Windows 8 for mobile and tablets and Windows 7 still the current OS for desktops and most mainstream hardware. Good give windows 8 it's own hardware

"We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when hardware and software are considered together."

Sounds like an Apple keynote.

Allan® said,
is he telling us that Windows 8 will feature the Windows 7 Start Menu? PLEASE say that is it! PLEAAAAAAAASE!

Wishful thinking... but no. No 'normal' start menu in Windows 8.

Holy Cow! Steve Ballmer is here at show

Peter of ars say
"Steve Ballmer: It now powers over 1 billion PCs from desktops to laptops to ATMs to workstations to more."

My head just exploded with anticipation! I have Neowin, The Verge and Engadget on a three window split on my 2560x1600 resolution monitor .

Nexus69 said,
My head just exploded with anticipation! I have Neowin, The Verge and Engadget on a three window split on my 2560x1600 resolution monitor .

NewEgg has one of those on sale for $1k - so tempted!

This better be good or otherwise the tech media will never forget Microsoft for manipulating them into a frenzy like Apple does.

We've been issued cards that say the WiFi password on one side, along with a cryptic message on the other: "5:20." according to Engadget . com

Update from CNET staff eric franklin say "I think at 70% of the journalist here are using Macs." Why are MS invite mac guys at show? geez...

Edited by calimike, Jun 18 2012, 11:19pm :

downhillrider said,
I'm predicting they are partnering up with Apple and Windows 8 will on on iPad hardware.

That would be awesome.

downhillrider said,
I'm predicting they are partnering up with Apple and Windows 8 will on on iPad hardware.

And in other news I will soon be crowned 2012 Wimbledon mens' singles champion . . .

Gaffney said,
Surprise it's a Xbox Music mp4 player, formerly known as a Zune but now it's white and green

A Windows Phone Touch? Or a Windows Touch?

What's with this "no video stream" mentality as of late?
*grrr*

Fine, staying offline till there is a stream.
Someone please PM me with the link when it's available

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
What's with this "no video stream" mentality as of late?
*grrr*

Fine, staying offline till there is a stream.
Someone please PM me with the link when it's available

GS:mac

You really want to see Steve Ballmer swinging around like an angry gorilla?

E:zxspectrum

Enron said,

You really want to see Steve Ballmer swinging around like an angry gorilla?

E:zxspectrum

IIII LOOOOOVVEE THHHIISSSSS COOOMMPAAANNYYY YEEAHHHHH!!!!!

warwagon said,

The only ones who know about it are tech sites.

Exactly, if it was big, everyone would be reporting it. I guess we'll find out in a few mins.

shockz said,
My money's on a big let down. The only ones hyping this up are tech sites.

If I'm not wrong I believe they run a story in the NY Times on Friday and also the Wall Street Journal. I don't think it's only tech sites running this story.

PoohGQ said,

If I'm not wrong I believe they run a story in the NY Times on Friday and also the Wall Street Journal. I don't think it's only tech sites running this story.

You'd be right, even Bloomberg talked about it and MSNBC as well?

shockz said,
My money's on a big let down. The only ones hyping this up are tech sites.

A last minute thing gives Apple no time to steal the news cycle.

shockz said,
My money's on a big let down. The only ones hyping this up are tech sites.

OK i take it back, pretty impressed.