Mysterious Microsoft press event to be held at LA's Milk Studios

We still don't really know what's going to be show at Microsoft's mysterious and last minute press event later today but we now know where in Los Angeles it will be held. We received an email that Microsoft will hold its media event at Milk Studios. It is described as a "premiere, full service photography studio."

The studio's official website offers some pictures that showoff its LA facilities (it also owns another studio in New York City). It's likely that Microsoft's press event will be held in the hanger portion of the building, as shown in the above photo.

The event will open its doors to the press at 3:30 pm Pacific time; that's 6:30 pm ET. The event itself should start soon afterwards; we are betting sometime at or before 4 pm Pacific time.

And that's all we really know at this point. Will we get some kind of tablet reveal according to some sources but what else, that is up in the air. What will Bing add to the mix? Or will it be something totally different? 

Take a look at the pic below, it's a picture of Microsoft unloading some secret goods at the Milk center. Stick around, we will have more updates in the coming hours ahead.

Image via Milk Studios

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My money is going on an all mobile bonanza, with winRT tablet of some sort and WP8 pureview from Nokia along with some juicy WP8 news regarding current devices

duddit2 said,
My money is going on an all mobile bonanza, with winRT tablet of some sort and WP8 pureview from Nokia along with some juicy WP8 news regarding current devices

But there is already a WP8 event coming up later this week...

My friend called me while ago said security staff at Milk Studio say "No live stream for Microsoft major announcement today." Darn, no live stream. Is there any live blog here?

calimike said,
My friend called me while ago said security staff at Milk Studio say "No live stream for Microsoft major announcement today." Darn, no live stream. Is there any live blog here?

over on ars

calimike said,
@MS_nerd tweeted "Xbox Surface document is a fake. Bing is for doing."

I kind of figure it is, but I guess we'll just have to see.

I have no interest in a MS/Nook tablet which is what some people are suggesting. i would really like to see a MS built tablet, thats what I'm hoping for.

downhillrider said,
I have no interest in a MS/Nook tablet which is what some people are suggesting. i would really like to see a MS built tablet, thats what I'm hoping for.

Wait, wouldn't a MS/Nook Tablet be a MS built tablet anyways? Regardless if they do want to make a 7" tablet that takes on things like the Kindle Fire then access to B&Ns book library just makes sense, add in the Xbox Music and Video stuff plus XBLA games and you've got one hell of a media consumption device imo.

jimmyfal said,
Please MS don't pull a Tweet Choir on us...

Hahahaha. They should just have the tweet choir perform and reveal nothing at all and be like "Rick rolled!"

Jan Kratochv said,
Maybe it does have to do something with Nokia PureView after all. The venue could hardly be more fitting.

I think you are right considering their collaboration with Nokia on some Bing services as well! I hope that isn't it though honestly! That would hardly be fitting of the hype that they have created!

winlonghorn said,

I think you are right considering their collaboration with Nokia on some Bing services as well! I hope that isn't it though honestly! That would hardly be fitting of the hype that they have created!


Unless they announce that they will start shipping XBOX 720 tomorrow, there is no way they can live up to the hype anyway.

Apparently the details of the new 2013 Xbox leaked a few days ago so maybe they are just going to officially announce it to clear things up.

singularity87 said,
Apparently the details of the new 2013 Xbox leaked a few days ago so maybe they are just going to officially announce it to clear things up.

Now that would be fitting of the hype (considering how long they have made us wait for it)! I would love them to officially announce it and confirm in-depth details to come at E3 2013!

This better not be one massive let down like these things usually are. I will write a strongly worded letter to somebody if it is.

no-sweat said,
This better not be one massive let down like these things usually are. I will write a strongly worded letter to somebody if it is.

Remember when Apple did the same thing leading up to their "big announcement" that the Beatles were now available on iTunes? If Microsoft does the same thing, I'm going to be very disappointed!

Enron said,

Remember when Apple did the same thing leading up to their "big announcement" that the Beatles were now available on iTunes? If Microsoft does the same thing, I'm going to be very disappointed!

OMG IKR!

They are announcing the cancellation of the Windows' product line following their takeover of Canonical . . . thus all future Microsoft OS releases will be based on Ubuntu.

Or perhaps not. Microsoft-branded Windows RT tablet is probably the most likely scenario.

singularity87 said,
They are announcing the cancellation of the Windows' product line following their takeover of Canonical . . . thus all future Microsoft OS releases will be based on Ubuntu.

Or perhaps not. Microsoft-branded Windows RT tablet is probably the most likely scenario.


Switch Ubuntu with Midori/Singularity! Oh, wait, that's probably never gonna happen by this point! xD

MASTER260 said,

Switch Ubuntu with Midori/Singularity! Oh, wait, that's probably never gonna happen by this point! xD

Those projects probably did lead to research outcomes which informed Windows development. But no, there's no way they can realistically develop the OS from scratch - Metro/WinRT alongside the desktop is the closest they can get to that. To be fair NT is pretty damned good as it stands . . .

MASTER260 said,

Switch Ubuntu with Midori/Singularity! Oh, wait, that's probably never gonna happen by this point! xD

do wish MS would do more with Singularity, that OS is amazing in the way they build it. It is open source tho, to bad it never caught on (because its MS's). But at the time they where working on it, NT was the fastest/strongest (most bloated) kernel around and Singularity ran far passed it in terms of pretty much everything. Ah well, quite a bit of their findings and work made it into the NT kernel anyways. Same for Midori finally considering Windows 8.

Love the fact they have a wide variety of kernels nowadays already, developing multiple on the side next to NT.

singularity87 said,
Those projects probably did lead to research outcomes which informed Windows development. But no, there's no way they can realistically develop the OS from scratch - Metro/WinRT alongside the desktop is the closest they can get to that. To be fair NT is pretty damned good as it stands . . .

Microsoft has some working prototypes of Midori, and ported a Win7 Drawbridge component to Midori. Theoretically, Windows 9 could be Midori-based and users wouldn't notice the difference.

As for NT being good or not - doesn't matter. Midori is much faster and more secure than any native kernel out there.

It really depends on how well-abstracted the runtime APIs are from the kernel - Win32 and WinRT both sit atop the NT kernel in NT 6.2 in Windows 8. Microsoft also maintain a POSIX subsystem that enables UNIX software to be built for NT but I think that's discontinued.

I would guess that they probably could implement Win32 and WinRT on top of another kernel though I suspect WinRT is geared more towards this and that Win32 may be phased out over the next 10-15 years (yes, that long). I originally thought this was the kind of transition Microsoft intended to enable by getting everyone on to .NET, and WinRT borrows heavily from .NET. Though at the moment Microsoft actually seems to be shifting towards NT rather than away from this with Windows RT.

I still don't see it being feasible or desirable for them to try and engineer a complete replacement for NT - getting something like Singularity or Midori up to maturity comparable to a product that's been available for two decades - though NT itself did start as a research project . . .

FoxieFoxie said,

Thanks but I meant live video stream

I'm under the impression that there will be no live video stream of this event (Think it was Mary Jo who said that on twitter)

FoxieFoxie said,

Thanks but I meant live video stream


1 of the commenters on the Neowin page about the possibility of Bing having something to do with thinks Channel 9 will have it, but I dunno.

Other than that, I guess http://live.twit.tv . If they're not gonna have access to a live webcast, than they'll probably do what they do with WWDC, which is scrounge up as much live material as possible while their on air, but if Microsoft is in fact allowing webcasts, than they'll have it.