Though Microsoft is not participating at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the company made its presense with Windows 8 and CEO Steve Ballmer, making a special apperance during the Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs talk at the Sin City.
Of course, Ballmer praise Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface RT, saying several times that Microsoft's first tablet in history is a great product and that "Windows RT devices are the new additions to the family."
Windows 8 now has more than 1,500 certified PCs and devices -- many on display at CES that include convertibles, tablets, all-in-ones, and table PCs.
Nick Parker, corporate vice president of worldwide OEM, penned a piece about how "touch and other new capabilities in Windows 8 are powering the latest hardware innovations coming from their OEM partners" with the video showcasing the new Windows 8 devices shown at CES.
Here's a look at some standout products:
Samsung Series 7 Chronos provides enhanced processing power with ten-finger multitouch capabilities, allowing people to interact directly with the screen as well as the touchpad and keyboard. With a full aluminum body, the new Series 7 Chronos is packed with Intel quad-core processor with up to 16 GB of memory, up to 1 TB of storage and dedicated 2GB external graphics into a slim chassis that measures just 20.9mm (0.82 inches). The laptop wakes up in as little as two seconds and boots in under 12 seconds.
Samsung Series 7 Ultra Touch offers crisp visuals and powerful sound features. The laptop's display is brighter and wider than previous models and features a 178-degree viewing angle, making it great for sharing multimedia with friends and family, or work content with colleagues.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC can easily transform into a 27-inch high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook and the new HP Pavilion Sleekbook provide affordable performance in a thin, light package. Powered by an AMD A-Series APU, they feature a 15.6-inch diagonal HD display, 1 terabyte of storage, and exclusive innovations including HP CoolSense, HP ProtectSmart, HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish, and HP Connected Music powered by Meridian. A full array of ports including HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 provide fast connections. The Sleekbooks also include HP TrueVision HD Webcams and HP MyRoom for video calling and sharing photos.
ASUS VivoTab Smart Tablet features an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor for fast and responsive performance. Just 9.7mm thin and 580g light, ASUS VivoTab™ Smart has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with a crisp 1366 x 768 HD resolution. IPS display technology delivers 178-degree wide viewing angles and ensures clear and bright images, even when seen from the side. VivoTab Smart also features five-point multitouch for fluid fingertip control with Windows 8. The TranSleeve Keyboard is an innovative accessory that is a cover, keyboard and stand all rolled into one. It not only aids in the typing experience but protects the tablet as well.
ASUS Transformer Book TX300CA delivers performance and an excellent user experience thanks to the latest Intel Core i7 processor with HD4000 graphics. It also features ASUS SonicMaster technology to deliver crystal-clear sound with deep rich bass through its integrated speakers. This lightweight ultraportable is available with a 13-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS display with multitouch capabilities.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S equipped with Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8 to give users the full power of multitasking. IdeaPad Yoga 11S features an 11.6-inch HD IPS display that supports 10 finger multitouch and comes with unique features previously only available on Yoga 13.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix functions as a high-performance ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11.6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel third- generation Core tablet with vPro. Besides its game-changing design, the ThinkPad Helix comes with exceptional performance and productivity features and runs up to 10 hours for a full day of work and play.
VIZIO 14-Inch Thin + Light Touch is a high-performance 14-inch Thin + Light Touch sports a stunning HD+ touchscreen display and premium SRS audio for the best entertainment experience. Powered by AMD's best Quad Core processor A10 and flash-based SSD for instant-on, the VIZIO Thin + Light Touch performs like a powerful desktop machine but in an ultrathin profile. It also comes with Microsoft Signature, the cleanest Windows 8 experience on a new PC with no junkware installed.
VIZIO 11.6-Inch Tablet PC comes with full HD touchscreen, premium sound and 64 GB of onboard storage.
VIZIO 24-Inch All-in-One Touch comes with a stunning 24-inch diagonal Full HD touchscreen display, 2.1 subwoofer-enhanced audio with SRS technology, remote control and dual HDMI inputs, the VIZIO All-in-One Touch PC delivers serious entertainment. Featuring AMD's top-of-the-line Quad Core processor A10, 802.11ac standard and Windows 8 with the Microsoft Signature experience, you can conveniently jump between the Web, movies, shows and work with just a tap, swipe or pinch while making downloads or streaming HD content a snap.
Sony VAIO T Series 15 incorporates Sony's innovative digital imaging and audio technologies, and packs high performance and mobility into a stylishly slim magnesium and aluminum design for daily trips to the office or campus.
Toshiba Qosmio X875 is powered by a third-generation Intel Core processor that delivers amazing performance and stunning visuals boosted by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics processor with 3 GB of GDDR5 discrete graphics memory to take on graphics-heavy projects and the latest 3-D games.
Toshiba Satellite U845T offers all the performance of a conventional PC but with slimmer styling and less weight. Featuring a 14-inch diagonal HD touchscreen display ideal for Windows 8, the Satellite U845t is constructed of durable aluminum in Ice Blue and includes a spacious ClickPad with Windows 8 gesture support.
Dell Inspiron R Series available in 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch screen sizes, the laptops include a built-in optical drive, stunning graphics options and fast processors, providing freedom to take your projects or videos with you wherever you go. It also features an optional Full HD display for exceptional visual detail, and a 10-key numeric keypad for easy number crunching or directional control in games.
Watch the video of some of the new Windows 8 PCs:
In this video, Jon Berry, a veteran Windows engineer, digs into the new way Windows 8 manages processes to support the brave new world of Windows running on various CPU architectures including ARM and ATOM, which present an interesting set of technical challenges given the need to aggressively preserve energy when running--yet not fully running--while in a battery-powered state.
Jon owns the Desktop Activity Moderator (DAM), which, as the name implies, moderates desktop processes. The DAM is one of several new features in Windows 8 designed to ensure consistent, long battery life for devices that support connected standby.
Running a Windows 8, check this video to learn how to use OneNote on a Windows 8 touch device:
While on Windows, watch the 7-minute video below showcasing all Windows versions released by Microsoft so far, starting with the old Windows 1.0 and ending with Windows 8, the latest operating system rolled out on October 26.
If you wish to boost the battery life of your Surface RT tablet, there are three different things to do: adjust the screen brightness from the "Settings" charm, disable notifications and turn off Wi-Fi.
"Surface is designed to work between 32°F and 95°F (or 0°C to 35°C). And, it comes with an internal lithium-ion battery designed to go everywhere you go. With connected standby, you're always up-to-date, and with up to 8 hours of battery life, you can create the next great presentation, email family, or watch videos on a single charge," Microsoft explains in the FAQ.
Also, Samsung the ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone 8 will go on sale at Verizon Wireless in the "coming weeks." In other news, Sprint, in a press released filled in a bit more detail of its upcoming Windows Phone 8 device saying it actually planned to launch two Windows Phones on its network by summer--one each from Samsung and HTC.
"We're looking forward to bringing two new Windows Phone 8 devices by Samsung and HTC to market with Sprint this summer, adding to our strong Windows Phone 8 portfolio," said Terry Myerson, cvp of the Windows Phone Division. "These devices, coupled with Sprint's unlimited 4G LTE data experience, will make it easy for Windows Phone 8 customers to have the most personal smartphone experience possible, wherever they are," Myerson added.
Finally, check out this infographic from Microsoft's recruitment team that showcase how vast the company's career choices are, and how many products and services the company has for us consumers.
As you can see, there are a ton of different services, including gaming/entertainment, user interface, mobile, operating system, developer tools, applications, cloud, and search/social.
Click the image to download the high-resolution PDF: