Today at the Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas – Microsoft executives took the stage to discuss the company’s devices and services approach with our partners. Tami Reller, Windows CMO and CFO, talked about how Windows is the foundation that people trust and how it’s powered by high-value services – like Xbox, SkyDrive, and Skype – bringing customers a great experience across all their devices.
Tami reiterated the momentum we’re seeing today with Windows 8, including our earlier announcement about 100 million licenses sold. Tami also mentioned that we now have more than 20 million enterprise evaluations and that Windows 8 has logged 60 billion hours of use. Additionally, she mentioned that new customer activation continues at a consistent pace.
Tami also made a few announcements.
She announced that Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays! We’ll have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1. As you have heard, Windows 8.1 is an update that refines the vision of Windows 8. Two weeks ago, we announced the Windows 8.1 Preview for people to try out– if you have not already, check it out and experience the new features and improvements first-hand.
Jensen Harris joined Tami on stage to show off Windows 8.1. In his demo, he showed off some pretty cool new features and functionality, including how Windows 8.1 is optimized to work great on small-form-factor devices and portrait view. He also demoed the Reading List app that lets you share articles from the web and content from other apps to read later which roams with you across your Windows devices through the cloud courtesy of SkyDrive. And with 20 billion searches on done via Windows PCs each month in the U.S. alone, Jensen highlighted the huge opportunity to build a great search experience into Windows and showed the new search experience in Windows 8.1 which is powered by Bing. He also demoed a different kind of search for music integrated with Xbox Music where you can share a webpage to the Xbox Music app where it “scrapes” the webpage for mentions of songs to create a playlist for you based on the music mentioned on a webpage. And finally, Jensen demoed for the first time new technology built into Windows 8.1 called Miracast that streams HD video and audio over Wi-Fi to another display like a TV. With Surface Pro, he essentially turned a TV into a whiteboard with the OneNote app. You can watch Jensen’s Windows 8.1 “first look” demo from a few weeks ago here.
Tami also announced that in January 2014, we will be launching the User Experience Design Competency. This competency will provide a way for partners to train their designers and get recognized for their expertise with the Microsoft Design Language. You can read more here on the Windows App Builder Blog for more on the new User Experience Design Competency for partners.
Finally, she announced a brand new program called TouchWins – our new commercial channel incentive for featured Windows devices. Through this program, we will provide incentives to authorized distributor and reseller partners who sell Featured PCs and tablets with Windows 8 Pro and touch. Partners will be able to find out more about this program here.
For more on the partner opportunity with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, stay tuned for a blog post later today on the Windows for your Business Blog from Erwin Visser. And for more from WPC this week, head on over to the WPC website.
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I think if Microsoft release a standalone version of IE11 for older versions of Windows... till v.2000, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, as a Christmas 2013 present.. it would revolutionize the world. People spend more time with their web browsers than spouse. So it IS a touchy matter.. :)
wow Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August
Windows mobile are really getting better an d better. I started following up the news on http://www.mobileosworld.com and subscribed on their feed via email. looking at the new advancements and apps on windows, i can see its future bright. Nokia is especially the main contributor to windows success Right?What do you say
No dvd support...please update windows media player. It's been a lot time.
Is Windows phone 8 support G729 codec or not???????????
I have windows 8 which I'm not too fond of but is there a way to make the group of tiles into a smaller tile itself that contains the other tiles instead of taking up screen space?
I'm still here and have another problem with my Windows Vista software. In the "event viewer" on the left side of the screen under "administrative events" I clicked on this item and it highlighted then I right clicked on this item and tons of "warnings" and "errors" scrolled down the screen. About 9,300 in all. Since my mouse stopped working properly and takes a nose dive to the lower left side of the screen completely out of sight and only does this when the printer is connected and all this is a recent development. When I discovered this error log I found three items that referenced the printer just before all this funny business started I decided all this is more than a coincidence. The problem is I can't delete any of these errors. I highlighted some of the errors and selected delete from the top left side of the screen and the problem remains. Any one out there have a solution for this problem? Thanks in advance.
I'm not sure I am in the right place, if not please excuse my ignorance (and old age). I have a small problem with Microsoft onenote. I accidentally erased some information on the right side of the screen. That is where the tabs are and I seem to have erased tab #7. This is not a huge problem but I like what I've seen in the tab menu so far and if there is a way to retrive the lost tab I would sure like to find out how to do it. Thank you in advance for your help.
Brandon LeBlanc, I think if Microsoft release a standalone version of IE11 for older versions of Windows... till v.2000, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, as a Christmas 2013 present.. it would revolutionize the world. People spend more time with their web browsers than spouse. So it IS a touchy matter.. :)
Brandon - in UK/Europe "the holidays" are in the summer
Olivermills - in the US "the holidays" are Thanksgiving and Christmas
two nations, divided by a common language ;-)
"TouchWins" - on Android. Stop waisting millions in marketing and return to your bread and butter - the desktop
olivermills - with Windows 8, devices were available for the holidays in November/December. I guess it depends on your definition of "holidays"?
How is that just in time for the holidays? To me it sounds like they'll have it ready by November at the earliest, two/three months after the holidays...?
This is very disappointing, Windows 8.1 is a critical release that's been unusually very well reviewed and it's pivotal that it gets out there ASAP.
Miracast looks really good, will it work on a Surface RT?
So far Windows 8.1 Preview is working very well on my Surface, side by side of apps works much better especially when opening links from the mail app.