Event: Windows 8 Asia-Pacific Launch in Singapore

LiewCF in front Windows 8 backdrop

Microsoft Windows 8 has been launched for a month, have you grabbed the Windows Upgrade Offer yet? LiewCF was invited to the Windows 8 Asia Pacific Launch held in Singapore. In this article, I will share my experience of the 1-day event.

Crowded at media registration

Crowded at media registration

The Windows 8 launch event was held at Esplanade Roof Terrace in the afternoon. We gathered at the hotel lobby and took a shutter bus to the venue. After registration and some refreshment at Loola’s, Esplanade Theatre, we were separated into smaller groups: bloggers & journalists.

Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech

Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech

After the keynote by Tracey Fellows, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific, we head to the Windows 8 experience zone and met Jason Lim, the General Manager, Windows and Windows Live Division, Microsoft Asia Pacific for roundtable session.

Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features

Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features

Jason briefed Windows 8 features and why Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience — either you want to work or play.

Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Then we visited the Windows 8 Experience Zone and Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, demonstrated Windows 8 features and useful Windows 8 apps.

(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences

(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences

Poh Huai Bin (Malaysian lifestyle blogger, sixthseal.com) and Jim Saret (co-host and coach of The Biggest Loser, Philippines Edition) both shared their Windows 8 experiences.

After that, we are free to get hands-on the various Windows 8 devices: all-in-one, notebooks, ultrabooks, convertibles, tablets… There are so many that I have to do it in another article.

After touching, tapping, stroking (but no hammer testing) the Windows 8 devices, we ended the day with a speakers group photo in front of the beautiful Windows 8 backdrop.

Windows 8 Speakers group photo

Windows 8 Speakers group photo

Unlike the Windows 8 launch in U.S., the Singapore event did not mention a single word about the Microsoft Surface tablet. It is understandable when you have over 50 Windows 8 devices in Asia. You certainly do not want to steal the focus and upset the all manufacturers.

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LiewCF’s Two Cents

Many thanks to Microsoft for the invitation and generously flying us to Singapore for the event. It was a great experience and I enjoyed very much!

Not many companies are willing to spend so much to invite bloggers to their events. As a full-time blogger, I really appreciate the recognition given.

Oh ya, we do have goodies bag! All the media members received a very nice Windows 8 notebook bag, with also a water bottle and a full version of Windows 8 Pro DVD! grin grin

Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag

Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag

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