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It’s been an exciting day for Windows with lots of news shared. I did however want to take a few minutes to share with you a bit more about the rest of the Windows story and the things we will be talking about this week at CES.
At last year’s CES, it was just a little over 2 months after the launch of Windows 7 and we saw a lot of early excitement from customers for Windows 7 and Windows PCs. At CES this year, Windows 7 is a little over a year old now and the excitement continues with over 240 million licenses sold – selling over 7 copies a second. Windows 7 now represents almost 20% of all PCs connected to the Internet. That’s amazing.
And we haven’t stopped working to deliver innovation to Windows 7 customers – further improving their Windows PC and providing the best place to experience the modern Web.
In September, we launched the beta for Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer 9 enables developers to use the combination of HTML5 and great hardware to create amazing and modern web experiences. 20 million people have downloaded the IE9 Beta. If you haven’t yet tried the IE9 Beta, you can do so by heading over to the Beauty of the Web website where you can download the beta and check out examples of how developers are building a “more beautiful” web with HTML5. IE9 also provides seamless integration with Windows 7 by allowing people to “pin” their most favorite websites to their Taskbar. Try pinning The Windows Blog to your Taskbar!
Also in September, we shipped new Windows Live services and products to 500 million people. That includes the new Hotmail and Windows Live Essentials 2011. Hotmail is the #1 email service worldwide. The new Hotmail integrates Office Web Apps right in and just within the first 100 days – more than 20 million people were using Office Web Apps through Hotmail! With Windows Live Essentials 2011, people can create, connect and share with their PC to the cloud. With Windows Live Messenger, people can connect easily with Facebook to see what their friends are up to and even chat with friends on Facebook. Windows Live Messenger is already the #2 app on Facebook today. Windows Live Photo Gallery lets people sync their photos from all their devices including their Windows Phone 7 phones, and share them easily whether it’s on SkyDrive or in an email message via Hotmail or Facebook. Millions of people are connected to the cloud with their Windows 7 PC and Windows Live.
We’re hard at work on making sure we continue to deliver innovation. We’ve got the Release Candidate (RC) of Internet Explorer 9 coming in early 2011. And earlier today, we gave a little sneak peek at work we’re doing on the next generation Windows operating system.
If you missed the Microsoft CES Keynote with Steve Ballmer tonight, you can watch it on-demand on the official Microsoft Facebook page. And be sure to keep tabs on the Windows Experience Blog. Ben the PC Guy will be taking you behind-the-scenes at CES this year and on the exhibit floor visiting hardware partners and shooting videos. He’ll be showing you a bunch of new stuff from our hardware partners. Be sure you follow @BenThePCGuy and @WindowsBlog on Twitter for the latest updates. And for all the latest on Microsoft’s announcements from CES be sure to check out the CES page on Microsoft News Center.
Even as a huge Microsoft advocate, I am beyond angry and frustrated at the company right now. You guys have got to get your marketing strategy in order and start publicly promoting your services again and demonstrating how easy it is to accomplish real-world tasks. The Windows Live ads are useful, and the Windows Phone "Really?!" ads are good, but they all need to do more to promote how to actually do things. Your Windows 7 ads in Australia should be playing worldwide.
Meanwhile, your Tablet PC strategy is an absolute DISASTER, and that's pathetic considering Gates helped pioneer the whole platform, and you've had tablets around for years (I've been using them since 2005). You need to emphasize the capabilities found on Windows 7 -- INKING!! -- and really hit hard with OneNote, which is literally an ace up your sleeves! You won't find a comparable product on any other platform (a few apps like Evernote try to get the basics, but nowhere close to the full OneNote app). You need to be pushing your OEMs to actually DELIVER products not just rumors of products, and you need a strategy to get the WP7 UI on a tablet setup.
I love the news tonight about Windows "8" but it's at least 18 months away, and as an IT guy it's going to really tick me off if I have to concede my enterprise users to an Apple platform because you guys can't get your heads out of your butts long enough to get your tablet game in order! I get really sick of people asking if my HP Elitebook 2740p is "one of those iPad thingies."
It was a great keynote! I would advocate for everyone to see it even if the Xbox bit wasn't my cup of tea as a "PC 4 lyfe" person, and as an european since we can't get all those nifty features.
2011 is shaping up to be a great Microsoft year!
Wow...that was possibly the most disappointing keynote I've seen from MS in a long time. I'm a HUGE MS proponent, run our whole shop on MS, beta test, love my Windows phone, etc. This was a rewarming over of last year. Windows 8, two years away, will run on ARM? Really? (pun intended). Great. I can't for the life of me figure out why you do things like kill the Courier (love the idea of a OneNote tablet/book), or not use Windows Phone Metro on a small tablet, Panoramic views seem built for the tablet--and you've already got most of the code you need.
WHERE IS THE COOL? Someone in some committee on the tertiary level of middle management hell must sit there and kill anything cool you guys come up with. Every other company seems to be turning out product, making it better looking, and appealing to the consumer base. Did you guys learn nothing from WinPhone 7? You actually got good press for once. Go faster! Showing an engineering demo of Word printing on an ARM prototype with no visual interface differences (or excitement for that matter) belongs at WinHEC, not CES. Realy? Printing from WORD??? I really don't want iPad's on my company network, but you've all but sealed that fate.
Too little, too late, too slow, too old. I guess you guys are an enterprise company, I love that stuff too and you're great at that. CES was just embarrassing. Again. Maybe someday you'll let those Windows Phone guys run things for a while, please don't have that have been an accident.
To me, the Microsoft keynote last night was - to say the least - disappointing
Personally I liked the keynote. Simple and to the point.
The Xbox stuff was nice to see, hope it does not get repeated at E3.
Surface v2 was killer. I so want one.
The dual screen laptop is tops on my "must have" list.
Even thought I am not a big fan of tablets, I have to agree with GoodThings2Life, the strategy in this area is a total disaster. People want tablets and MS is not doing anything good to help get the MS name out there. Hell even to have a small Windows Phone 7 OS tablet would have at least been a start. Something.
I love my Samsung Focus, and can not wait to get my updates. But really MS, you need to get something good out there for a tablet.
I like what I saw with the new OS running on the new hardware, really interesting stuff there.
But once again it all comes back to the lack of a tablet. Just 1 that was good is all that you need.
Putting the full Windows on a tablet is great. But until there is a new user interface to allow richer navigation it will NOT take off, asking a user to navigate using a pen like device is not rich user experience. Microsoft should keep the same Windows on tablet but overlay a new UI.
at least bang out a Win Phone 7 OS 7" tablet. put something out there different. I've used Tablet PC's for almost 10 years, they're great--but they're not 'tablets' in the modern sense of utility computing/media consumption. the glacial pace of this strategy is just handing the whole thing to Apple...and now Honeycomb tablets. MS needs to get off this 2-3 year development cycle, iterate, iterate, iterate. I love my Samsung focus, but where's the update? Just push small ones out constantly--get out of the "Service Pack"/Version mentality! Must go faster to compete in consumer electronics.
I would be more impressed with these forums if you could actually read the full comments from individuals. Why does everything get cut off on the right hand side? This is an MS website, not some ma and pa outfit.
Correct your blog website, so that the feedback comments don't get cut off.
@Joe Hendrix1 - what exactly are you seeing? In IE8/IE9, Firefox, and Chrome I am not able to reproduce any sort of cutting off of comments to the right-side on our blog.
I like so many other admins/developers just boggle my head at how Microsoft continues to push an interface and frankly an OS that flat out doesn't fit a light, portable consumption device.
The courier is what you could have pushed for inking but it was killed the people that want inking would have loved it, instead you are pushing inking on a 4lb underpowered, overpriced laptop that is too bulky and slow to be useful for quick note taking or web searches.
A decade of flops should have confirmed that the bulk of users out there don't need inking. I've owned two tablets and both (Toshiba early 2000 time frame and a Dell Latitude XT) were terrible performers and the only thing they did well was journal or One Note.
Silverlight is a great technology but that too was another Microsoft PR disaster with a VP indicating it was going bye-bye and HTML 5 was where MS was headed.
Eat and chew gum, Windows 7 isn't for every device, we're getting killed at work as we are flooded with iPad's instead of a decent MS tablet. (Tablet's cost 3-4 times more than an iPad). Silverlight / WP7 in a tablet device could have done wonders but nope, gotta wait another couple of years for the same old crap. I guess I'd better start learning Objective C...
Keynote was great. I do admit that once again, MS is 2 steps behind Apple. Get it together and release a Windows Lives Tablet. Call it just that. Do away with the Start button and design a kiosk-like, Windows 7 based OS for it. Provide Xbox Live access. Success.
The longer you wait the less people will care.
One more beef- when will Xbox Live users be able to use Skydrive to store saved games? It's really about time!
At CES Steve Ballmer showed what was supposed to be the first of many new Windows Tablets, the HP Slate. Over a year later and there is not much to show. HP did a really poor job selling the Slate and so there was little confidence they would support it… that is why I refused to buy. And so I have been waiting to purchase a tablet - since I want to do more than just surf the web - if 2011 does not produce more offering I think many, me included, will be sorely disappointed. It is not enough to see demos/samples at the CES show… it is not enough to see “Coming Soon” on Microsoft Store or “Out of Stock” on Amazon. We need real devices in our hands.
@GoodThings2Life, I agree. I couldn't be more angry at Microsoft. Since Balmer has taken the reins, The company is all about disappointment. Products are being cut or stripped of useful features users want the most of.
My company bought into a Response Point system, only to have it cut. It was a system with great potential and usefulness. I sold the systems and supported them quite a bit. Someone at Microsoft forgot to promote it properly and it died.
Windows Home Server and SBS 2011 Standard now have to live without the most sought after feature, Drive Extender. Home builders and small companies like mine are forced to purchase expensive RAID cards/boxes and solutions.
Microsoft really needs to impress the small people, businesses and hobbyists. MS is apparently only interested in enterprise, WP7 and moving on.
I Love my Macs, yes plural. They just work