Microsoft to hold a Reddit AMA and more to promote Windows 8.1 today

Microsoft may not be holding a big launch event in Times Square to promote the launch of Windows 8.1, as they did with Windows 8 in 2012. However, the company still has plans to offer some online events to promote the official launch of its latest Windows update to the public

Microsoft has let Neowin know that members of the Windows team will be participating in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session starting at 1:30 pm Eastern time today and lasting until 3 pm ET. Right after the AMA event is over, Microsoft will host a Windows 8.1 themed Twitter chat from 3 pm to 4pm ET via the #winchat hashtag on the official Windows twitter account.

Finally, Microsoft has set up an online contest that will last for the next eight days. To enter, people can sign into their own Twitter account and tweet and share an image of their new Windows 8.1 Start screen with the #MyStart hashtag. Microsoft will pick 810 winners at random each day from among the contest entries and give each of those people a $10 Windows Store gift card. Unfortunately, the contest is just for U.S. residents. Sorry, rest of the world.

To take a screenshot of your Start screen in Windows 8.1, open up the Share charm from your Start screen and tap or click the down arrow next to “Start” and choose “Screenshot” (shown above). Alternatively, you can press the Windows logo key + PrtScn on your keyboard or if you're using a tablet, press the Windows logo button + the volume down button.

If you're outside the U.S. why not share your Start screen here. Neowin will select a few Start screen shots over the next few days and upgrade you to a years Tier 2 subscription (worth $28 USD) for free! 

And that folks, isn't U.S. exclusive...

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Reddit is one of the most anti-Microsoft sites I know of. Surprised they would do an AMA there of all places.

Actually, their surface AMAs really aren't half bad.
But yes, they will get bashed to death by people who don't agree with their company view (Like any company)

Reddit is just a marketing outlet now. People are desperately trying to cling to the open and intelligent community atmosphere it once had before they saw exponential growth in popularity but it is decaying fast. The majority of subreddits which aren't ghost towns are run or dominated by people looking to profit off the users in one way or another or pushing some agenda.

The IAMA subreddit has become another stop in the PR circuit for anybody famous to sell their thing.


Also, trolls. You can't see a single Windows 8 comment without someone replying on how it is nothing but a PlaySkool interface on top of Windows 7.

Edited by GarakObama, Oct 17 2013, 11:28am :

Tom said,
Reddit is one of the most anti-Microsoft sites I know of. Surprised they would do an AMA there of all places.

Anti-Microsoft..? Or just in more general step with the overall sentiment towards Microsoft these days?

Tom said,
Reddit is one of the most anti-Microsoft sites I know of. Surprised they would do an AMA there of all places.

Reddit is often fine with companies doing AMA's and probably would be with Microsoft... EXCEPT if doing them for obvious marketing reasons, and when they dodge "tricky" questions. It didn't end all too well for their IE team the last time.

Chicane-UK said,

Anti-Microsoft..? Or just in more general step with the overall sentiment towards Microsoft these days?


Judge yourself: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/c..._the_ie9_product_team_here/ and http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit...responds_to_your_questions/

You even had an article on it: http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...-for-the-reddit-take-on-ie9

tl;dr - Reddit tore the IE team apart for providing too much fluff in the replies (in their opinion) and dodging questions.