Microsoft/Access Hollywood party puts the Surface in the spotlight

Last week, the celebrity TV news show Access Hollywood announced it would hold an event with Microsoft called the "Microsoft All Access Holiday kickoff bash" in Venice, California. As promised, the event, designed to promote Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, was held on Thursday night.

A number of Hollywood actors and other celebrities showed up at the "kickoff bash" and wrote their thoughts on their Twitter accounts. Movie actress Emma Roberts (and niece of Julia Roberts), posted up this note, "SWOONING over this bright pink Microsoft Surface tablet. Definitely putting this on my gift list."

Emmy Rossum, who currently stars on the Showtime TV series Shameless, also seemed to like the "pink" Surface (we assume Roberts and Rossum mean the pink Type Cover). She posted, "Jazzed by the hot pink Microsoft Surface tablet. I know what I'm getting my bff for Christmas!!! Sssh. Don't tell."

Our favorite Windows Phone evangelist, Ben Rudolph, was at the party and posted the above picture on his Twitter account. He also noted that people at the party got to use the Fresh Paint app for Windows 8 with the 80 inch touch screen made by Microsoft's own Perceptive Pixel division. It remains to be seen if media events such as this Hollywood bash actually help Microsoft sell some Windows 8 PCs and Surface tablets. 

Source: Twitter | Image via Ben Rudolph

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Brony said,
MS is trying to hard to be the next Apple.

If only I could be the next Apple. Mmmmm. Billions!!

NeoPogo said,
You know it is a success when some girls only buy your product because it is pink...

or when your told it is by the company lol
after all they are the smart ones informing you what you like
don't believe me ? then consult with some of the windows 8 cheerleaders here at newoin
running around telling everyone that Microsoft knows best and how its a bad idea for a company to listen to the customer lol
..might sound like i'm joking around but i'm serious
..sad

I am Not PCyr said,

or when your told it is by the company lol
after all they are the smart ones informing you what you like
don't believe me ? then consult with some of the windows 8 cheerleaders here at newoin
running around telling everyone that Microsoft knows best and how its a bad idea for a company to listen to the customer lol
..might sound like i'm joking around but i'm serious
..sad

Wait, so above you are criticizing me for switching from an iPad to Surface, presumably because it is not the cool thing to do, but here you are criticizing a group (the "cheerleaders") for supposedly telling people what to do? So which is it? Are we to listen to what the crowd says to do, or should we not listen to what the crowd tells you what to do? Or are we supposed to only listen to the crowd that you support, because you know what is best for everyone else?

This is all good and ****, but once the Surface gets into more people hands Microsoft is going start having a seriously negative perception on their hands because the Windows 8RT feels half baked -- mail, video, pictures, IE.

Almost everyone that asks me about my Surface compares it to the iPad. I find that the speed at which MS is updating their core apps and the OS is very frustrating.

gullygod said,
This is all good and ****, but once the Surface gets into more people hands Microsoft is going start having a seriously negative perception on their hands because the Windows 8RT feels half baked -- mail, video, pictures, IE.

Almost everyone that asks me about my Surface compares it to the iPad. I find that the speed at which MS is updating their core apps and the OS is very frustrating.

There's another update coming out on Tuesday, they had a firmware update last month and multiple app updates since then. This is in the matter of a month.

gullygod said,
This is all good and ****, but once the Surface gets into more people hands Microsoft is going start having a seriously negative perception on their hands because the Windows 8RT feels half baked -- mail, video, pictures, IE.

Almost everyone that asks me about my Surface compares it to the iPad. I find that the speed at which MS is updating their core apps and the OS is very frustrating.

I have sat with 6 different people, let them play with my Surface for a little bit, and they all went out and bought one - all of them iPad owners. After a few weeks I have spoken with each of them, and yes, they all said there are a few rough edges, 4 of them said they liked their Surface better than the iPad, two said it was the same as their iPad.

So people are comparing it to the iPad, but when 2/3 of my friends that I have shown it off to like it better than their iPad, and I like it better than my old iPads, comparison is a good thing.

nohone said,

I have sat with 6 different people, let them play with my Surface for a little bit, and they all went out and bought one - all of them iPad owners. After a few weeks I have spoken with each of them, and yes, they all said there are a few rough edges, 4 of them said they liked their Surface better than the iPad, two said it was the same as their iPad.

So people are comparing it to the iPad, but when 2/3 of my friends that I have shown it off to like it better than their iPad, and I like it better than my old iPads, comparison is a good thing.

why buy a surface if you already own an ipad ?
i must be missing something here lol

I am Not PCyr said,

why buy a surface if you already own an ipad ?
i must be missing something here lol

Maybe because, contrary to what some want you to think, people actually like Win8, WinRT, and Surface, and will not let what others think keep them from buying and using what they like?