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.)