Tonight’s keynote began by demoing features within Windows Phone and focusing on the power it gives consumers. Steve Ballmer made it clear to attendees that phones of today are using the same apps, which means the experience is what it’s all about. Merging experiences between apps and how people really use their devices is key to growing this mobile madness.
Steve was very proud to unveil the HTC Titan 2 and the Nokia Lumia 900. Both of these phones are serious game changers in terms of hardware, and future software abilities. We really feel Microsoft is trying to integrate all of their services together, and we see this clearer after tonight’s keynote.
Tami Reller took stage this evening and basically re-capped everything that was mentioned at the Build conference of 2011. There weren’t a lot of new things to say about Windows 8, but we did see a couple added features that seemed to mesh the Metro UI and classic Windows look together. One example demoed was the ability to bring a portion of the Metro UI to the side of the screen. This may become useful if you were browsing the web via the Metro browser, and needed to pull info into a Word document.
Xbox Kinect and Xbox 360
While we can’t report any ground-breaking news on the video game console front, we can say that Microsoft is very excited about Kinect and pushing it out to more customers coming this February. They demoed voice recognition features that seemed to be more robust than what was capable before, and we’re excited it’s coming to the PC market in just a few weeks.
Microsoft’s plan is to continue producing the products that we’ve grown to understand and work with each day. The goal is to take their solid Windows platform and merge it with Metro UI into all their devices and hardware. Steve Ballmer iterated that Windows 8 would work with all Windows 7 PC’s from day one without any hassle, and said that Microsoft would continue developing Metro UI for every aspect of the company. The Windows name is not going anywhere anytime soon, especially with 1.3 billion Windows PC users across the world. Steve’s last words were WINDOWS WINDOWS WINDOWS.
On a final note, Microsoft is releasing Windows Store for all your “Metro” style apps. You will be able to find paid and free apps on the store which is available globally in over 200 languages. Windows 8 provides the flexibility and power needed to use x86 and ARM technology, which means you can expect many apps to surface.