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In pictures: Microsoft stages Australian launch for Windows 8

Windows 8 hits Australia

  • Microsoft Australia this morning staged a local launch at the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park for the latest incarnation of its Windows operating system: Windows 8. The launch showcased the new tablet-friendly operating system, with an interface that draws on Windows Phone 7 and is a radical departure from the familiar desktop environment. Further reading: [[artnid:440179|Microsoft showcases Aussie apps at Windows 8 launch]] Images: Ian Sharp

  • The launch opened with a short dance number highlighting the new Windows 8 interface.

  • On display were a number of touchscreen-equipped all-in-one PCs, as well as tablets and notebooks.

  • Microsoft's Surface.

  • V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly, one of Microsoft's Windows 8 ambassadors.

  • V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly, one of Microsoft's Windows 8 ambassadors.

  • Anthea Leonard, creative director, Sweet Art - another of the Windows 8 ambassadors.

  • Solo sailor Jessica Watson with a Windows 8-equipped tablet.

  • Xbox SmartGlass enables multi-device integration: You can start watching a movie on a tablet but then resume it on an Xbox 360 games console, for example.

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