Ready For Liftoff: What You Missed At Microsoft's Windows 8 Launch Event


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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces the availability of Windows 8 at the launch event in New York. "Windows 8. Yeah, I'm excited," an enthusiastic Ballmer said taking the stage. "Windows 8, Windows RT with Office 2013, and Surface are here."

Ballmer said Windows 8 and Windows RT have become the center of Microsoft's development efforts, noting that many of the company's products have been updated or optimized to work with the new operating systems. Those include Internet Explorer 10, the Bing search engine, MSN, Outlook.com and Skype. "Skype on Windows 8. It's fast, it's easy, it's beautiful," the CEO said.