Windows 7 Launch live stream

Today sees the launch of Windows 7 in New York City.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO will be donning the stage shortly to introduce Windows 7 to the world. There will be a live stream available (embedded below) and proceedings will begin at 11am NY time (see other time zones).

Meanwhile the people of London have been queuing this morning to purchase Windows 7 at a PC World store. Microsoft originally downplayed the idea of queues for the launch but it seems the popular offers in the UK are drawing people out to purchase Windows 7. PC World is offering up to £100 off a new laptop with Windows 7 when you trade in your old laptop. Expect several great offers over the 7 days of Windows 7 for the next week or so.

Neowin will be covering the event from our own eyes via Qik:

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I thought if was funny that the First PC they showed was the Acer with an SSD. They very briefly said the word SSD in the specs, then the rest of the time kept talking about how the Windows 7 pc just booted up completely usable in 15 seconds never giving the SSD credit for the fast boot.

I see like even though Microsoft isn't Samsung, they love having over 9000 tv's/monitors behind him all running without much purpose

If you watch the whole thing you'll see they did have a purpose. They domoed the Play-To functionality by having 1 Windows 7 PC play video to 16 screens at once. Impressive.

Wow some of that stuff shown is awesome. Today I am more proud them normal to be a Microsoft employee, Windows 7 just rocks.

dangel said,
That was well done - i'm really going to have to play around with that "play to.." feature, that's cool.

The homegroup features like Play To and and the overall better management of networked hardware are probably some of the must useful new features for general home users. I've been loving it since day 1 of the beta.

Nice show but I went upstairs to take a shower and was streaming the audio up there....when all of a sudden ****ty rap metal came blasting out. Just another reminder that Microsoft are true geeks. They have the techie thing down pat but they are so hopelessly un-hip. I think that's how it should be. The entry of fashion and image into the field of computing was a sad thing.

There are selling those computers well.

Ha, that guy didn't want Ballmer holding that really thin Dell then he ran off with it.

He ran off with it because it's still probably hush hush, they had the OK from dell to show it for a bit but no one can actually play with it or see what it's specs are I bet.

But it did look good imo.

Got a call from the Local YMCA, they ordered 2 new computers from Dell. They called their software vendor and he said the software will work on Windows 7.

I'm not in the business of buying or building new computer for customers, just setting them up and fixing them. So they called the other guy in town who sells computers. They mentioned to him that they were getting 2 new computers from dell or something like that. She said the computer place down town told her that "Windows 7 is crap and that they should go with windows XP"

LOL

Why are people queuing for an OS? Upgrade when you need to next format!? I don't understand the mania surrounding such releases...

They were either like that Toshiba he talked about, that is Win7 compatible (can connect to it) or they ran off of that extender type Western Digital box he talked about.

Personally I'd love for a new TV like that toshiba that just connects without any extra box needed.

Most of these TVs were showing media player (which is not present on a media extender), so they were just connected to PCs running Windows 7 (you can use the "Play To" feature to control another PC through the network in the same way you would with a 360 or any other extender).

quentez said,
Most of these TVs were showing media player (which is not present on a media extender), so they were just connected to PCs running Windows 7 (you can use the "Play To" feature to control another PC through the network in the same way you would with a 360 or any other extender).


He explicitly brought up the Toshiba that is win7 compatible so it doesn't need a extender or a PC at all. The others where probably running off of either the 360 or that WD media device he also talked about. What it probably does is link wirelessly to your main PC for streaming and it runs a A/V out to the TV. It's probably a mini-PC of it's own, more than just a basic extender but whatever.

Also as with the TV's he sent pics to the frame and the audio system, those don't need PC's connected to them either.

AllMac said,
Then why the fock am I watching this? It's past 1am here...I'm going to bed.


They did some nice demos, though nothing really new. They showed off some very nice new hardware though.

Pharos said,
Why can't I "pause" the friggin stream thingy after I clicked on Play? ¬¬

Because it's live... not a pre-recorded video...

chisss said,
Because it's live... not a pre-recorded video...

Fail. Even if it were live when he was watching it, it should still be pausable.

artfuldodga said,
i live in the middle of nowhere, waiting for my copy, it will come ;)

Mine are here... but at my neighbour's house. And my neighbour is out (and has no doorbell). Dammit.

Kirkburn said,
Mine are here... but at my neighbour's house. And my neighbour is out (and has no doorbell). Dammit.

Do your knuckles have an allergy to the paint on their front door?

TCLN Ryster said,
Do your knuckles have an allergy to the paint on their front door? :)

I'm not sure what good doorbells or knuckles would do if the neighbor is out.

GreyWolfSC said,
I'm not sure what good doorbells or knuckles would do if the neighbor is out. :D

Haha :)

They have a thick plastic door, which makes knocking feel very ineffective. Anyway, they're back, and I have my copies!

Dang, $100 off a laptop if you trade in your old one? I'd be all over that if it was offered in the US! I have a brutal IBM Thinkpad T23 at home that has to be tilted at a 45° in order to boot and shutdown properly.

zeke009 said,
Dang, $100 off a laptop if you trade in your old one? I'd be all over that if it was offered in the US! I have a brutal IBM Thinkpad T23 at home that has to be tilted at a 45� in order to boot and shutdown properly.

It was £100, so thats around $160, so even better for you

TCLN Ryster said,
It was £100, so thats around $160, so even better for you :)

Assuming he ever comes to the US.

one slight problem you can not upgrade from ultimate beta to full pro edetion lol so im one of those not installing straight away what an inconvenience

H4RPER X said,
one slight problem you can not upgrade from ultimate beta to full pro edetion lol so im one of those not installing straight away what an inconvenience

I'm surprised you think upgrading a beta OS should ever be supported anyway.

Since it was beta you should've kept any customizing to a minimum and so on, then doing a clean install with the final wouldn't be any type of "loss".

Microsoft should be shouting from the rooftops about Windows 7, not downplaying it.

I do find it quite sad though that people felt the need to queue at midnight for Windows 7. Anybody THAT desperate to get it could have done so already with a pre-order scheme. PC World pre-orders were received by most customers earlier this week.

TCLN Ryster said,
Microsoft should be shouting from the rooftops about Windows 7, not downplaying it.

I do find it quite sad though that people felt the need to queue at midnight for Windows 7. Anybody THAT desperate to get it could have done so already with a pre-order scheme. PC World pre-orders were received by most customers earlier this week.

Then again, people do the same for Apple products, so why is this surprising?

syncvichu said,
Come on, waiting for something in a queue is fun!.. People who stand there think that its worth the wait.


Till someone with swine flu starts coughing...

Beastage said,
Till someone with swine flu starts coughing...


Swine flu has been blown way out of proportion by the media. I know a handful of people who've had it and are just fine now.

TCLN Ryster said,
Microsoft should be shouting from the rooftops about Windows 7, not downplaying it.


Honestly, they don't *need* to. Win7 is probably one of the few OS I can remember from the past decade that (especially after Vista) sells itself.

mindscape said,

Then again, people do the same for Apple products, so why is this surprising?


Whether you do it for an Apple product or a Microsoft product, you are too stupid for words. If this is the highlight of your day, then you need to get out more and live in the real world. This stuff just makes the company look bad.

I dont know, but is it really hard to find people who can speak and give demos? All of them were bad for different reasons. I don't get it, just hire someone who can talk and doesnt say dumb things like "man cave". Stop trying to be chummy and just be real.

I agree..."man cave"? really? I don't know about you, but I can honestly say I don't refer to any area of my house as my man cave? How is this supposed to connect with people?