At 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, 150 tech journalists queued in the shadow of New York’s iconic Empire State Building.
We were there to gain access to Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices launch which was being held at the former US Post Office building which at one time was used to process over 70% of the country’s mail.
Shortly after 10 o’clock the presentation got under way and for the next 90 minutes the company rolled out the announcement and demonstration of device after device.
Prior to the event the rumour mill had been active. Leaks had primed us to expect some of the products – the launch of two or three new Lumia phones, a new Surface Pro 4., perhaps an update to the Band wearable. However on at least two occasions expectations were exceded.
The first big hit was a live video game demonstration of the mixed reality Hololens headset. If the Project X-ray demonstration of robots climbing out of the walls was accurate (and there may have been some enhancement for theatrical purposes) in the near future gamers will be using their own rooms as canvases for gameplay.
Yet it was the announcement of a laptop that really got the crowd excited.