Microsoft’s hardware partners have been showing off their upcoming devices featuring Windows 8 during Computex, the big annual trade show happening this week in Taipei.
But today, it was Microsoft’s turn to take the stage itself.
During a keynote address, Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) division at Microsoft, said more than 600 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. He also talked the Windows upgrade offer, in which those who buy a Windows 7 device now can upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out.
In addition, Guggenheimer announced the second community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Standard 8 and highlighted Ford’s launch in Taiwan of its SYNC in-car connectivity system.
Microsoft and Quanta together unveiled Quanta’s new private cloud server solution, which includes integrated server, storage and networking equipment.
“This is the biggest launch time in Microsoft’s history,” Guggenheimer said in a news release. “In addition to updating Windows client, Windows Server, phone and embedded platforms, there’s a massive wave of software and services coming to market that we think will delight customers, from Windows Azure, to Office 15, Xbox games, Skype and Bing.”
Separately, Microsoft’s partners continued to unveil some of their devices featuring Windows 8, which is expected to launch sometime in the fall. Asus showed off a touchscreen Zenbook Prime. AMD showed a concept device — a tablet — with Windows 8 and one of AMD’s Trinity A6 APUs chips, according to Engadget, which has a quick walk-through of the design.