Windows 8 launches next month, but we’re going to see what it looks like, how it works perfectly well with a keyboard and mouse (and without any fancy shmancy touch screens), how to bring the “Start button” back (that Microsoft removed) with a range of excellent and totally free Start button alternatives – and why Microsoft is pricing the Windows 8 upgrade at the extremely wallet-friendly price of $39.99.
Besides taking a good look at Microsoft’s next 500-million-seller operating system, which will work on tablets, desktops, laptops, notebooks, ultra books and convertibles – and thankfully, works as well on older computers as it does on brand new ones.
We’ll also take a hands-on look at the new iPhone 5 – a smartphone which has astonished people in the media by being noticeably light as well as being the fastest iPhone yet, with the biggest screen and the thinnest profile.
While some in the press suggest that so much has been rumoured about the iPhone 5 that its launch is now anti-climactically “boring”, nothing could be further from the truth, and given the fact Apple pre-sold 2 million iPhone 5s in the first 24 hours, double the amount for the iPhone 4S the same time last year, it’s clear that the public isn’t buying the BS about the iPhone 5 being boring, either.
So I hope to entertain and inform you with “early” eyes-on and hands-on access to Windows 8 and the iPhone 5, making you, when you attend the main meeting, genuinely amongst the first in the world to truly see what all the fuss is about.
I’ve no idea what I’m going to do about raffle prizes, but I’ll come up with something.
We’ll also have a regular presenter from a tech company next month.
See you at the main meeting!