Microsoft Windows 8 Ship Date, Perceptive Pixel Acquisition
Microsoft will ship Windows 8 in October 2012, the company has acquired Perceptive Pixel (a multi-touch company), and Microsoft will now allow partners to manage Office 365 customer billing. That news and more surfaced this morning at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC12). Here’s a recap…
On Stage Now: Channel Chief Jon Roskill
- “My job is to be your chief advocate back at Microsoft.”
- 16,000 attendees.
- 4,000 partners are new to WPC.
- Microsoft has 640,000 partners.
- Driving $609 billion (or was it in IT revenues worldwide — meaning that partners drive about $10 in services revenues for every $1 of Microsoft software they recommend and/or sell.
- “When our CEO says ‘We love our partners at Microsoft,’ he really means it. You’re part of our core, our DNA.”
- This year Microsoft’s partners will be acknowledged as ‘the leaders’ in delivering cloud software.
On Stage Now: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, joined by Forbes’ Rich Karlgaard and multiple Microsoft executives
- Looks like we’re in for a fireside chat. Will Karlgaard ask the tough questions?
- Ballmer says 1,000 new partners are jumping into the Microsoft cloud every month.
- Ranking 2012 vs. PC launch year and Windows 95 year. “This is an epic year,” said Ballmer. “The PC mainstreamed technology in 1981. Windows 95 made computers open and accessible to everyone. Windows 8 will kick off the most epic year in Microsoft’s history.
- Skype has 250 million users.
- New OEM devices will showcase Windows 8 devices, and Microsoft Surface “of course” will be a leading offering in the tablet market.
- Office 365 channel partners are now permitted to manage cloud billing to end-customers, a big move that some partners have demanded for a year.
- Windows remains the heart and soul of Microsoft. “It’s the glue, the foundation upon all of Microsoft is built.” More than 1.3 billion Windows systems on the planet. “Windows 8 this year, we’re not just kidding. We’re not exaggerating at all that we’re reimagining of Windows.”
- More than 50 percent of corporate desktops now run Windows 7. More than 500,000 desktops move to Windows 7 per day. Partners have sold more than 630 million Windows 7 licenses to date (The VAR Guy needs to double-check those stats).
- Windows 8 will release to manufacturing in August, with first Windows 8 PC shipments and upgrades available in October 2012.
- Microsoft demonstrated multiple Windows 8 PCs, ultrabooks and tablets. The Lenovo Yoga (checking name) earned some “oohs” and “ahhs” from the audience.
- When Windows 8 launches, a commerce store will be available with all the apps users need — games, productivity apps and more.
- Microsoft has acquired Perceptive Pixel, a multi-touch and user interface company. The VAR Guy is gathering more details.
The VAR Guy is now heading to meetings with Samsung, Sony… and several other surprise gatherings. Stay tuned.