Microsofts Windows division was very busy on two fronts this week. One was its own TechEd conference in New Orleans, where the company talked to enterprise and business customers about their plans for Windows 8.1 and other topics.
The other event was in Taiwan at the annual Computex trade show, where PC makers showed off a bunch of upcoming hardware, including several future Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices. One was a Sony 11-inch notebook that weighs less than two pounds.
Microsoft held its own keynote at Computex and the Notebookitalia website managed to film the 85 minute event and posted it on YouTube. The address features a number of major Windows executives such as its Chief Marketing Officer and CFO Tami Reller, its OEM head Nick Parker, and its Windows Program Management VP Antoine Leblond.
The video shows off a number of the features added for the upcoming Windows 8.1 upgrade, including the Start button, the larger tiles for the Start screen, the animated backgrounds for the screen and more. It also shows some of the new Windows 8 apps including Reading List and Food & Drink, along with the revamped interface for the Windows Store.
Microsoft also took the time to show off a number of current and upcoming Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 tablets, notebooks and all-in-one PCs, including the previously unannounced 8-inch Lenovo Mix 8 tablet. If you have some time to spare, the keynote is perhaps the best way to learn more about Microsofts immediate plans for the Windows OS. We should learn even more in a few weeks when the BUILD 2013 conference is held in late June.