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October 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Microsoft gives launches to NY, SF, Seattle gets brief light show

Sorry Seattle.

For the big Windows launches in its “epic year,” Microsoft chose to hold its gala launch events with the cool kids in New York and San Francisco.

Windows 8 launch events begin Thursday in New York, while Windows Phone 8 emerges Monday in San Francisco. Thursday’s launch keynote will be webcast here starting at 8:15 a.m.

As a sort of consolation prize, the birthplace of Windows will get a brief light show on Thursday night. A Microsoft press release today said lights the color of its Windows 8 logo will illuminate the Seattle Great Wheel ferris wheel on the waterfront from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

(A spokesman noted that Microsoft’s also going to have its BUILD conference in the Seattle area this year, bringing 2,500 developers to Redmond next week.)

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