In pictures: Microsoft's Australian Windows 8 launch

All the sights from the Australian Windows 8 launch, including Surface tablets and other impressive hardware

  • Microsoft today launched Windows 8 in Australia, showcasing the new operating system's interface, apps and social features to a room full of journalists at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. We rocked up in style, as you can see from the first picture, courtesy of Dell, which sent a Ferrari 360 Spider to pick us up. Dell also gave us a first-hand look at the XPS 12 convertible notebook. We'll bring you a full review of the XPS 12 very soon.

  • From the red Ferrari to the blue carpet.

  • Journalists collect their name badges.

  • Journalists mingle before the start of the launch.

  • The stage is set.

  • Microsoft Australia's managing director, Pip Marlow.

  • Product manager, Deeps DeSilva.

  • Finally, [[artnid:440187|we get our hands on the Surface RT]].

  • See our [[artnid:440187|hands-on article]] for all the details.

  • Tech journos playing with the Surface.

  • Jessica Watson was at the event. She is the youngest person to sail unassisted around the world, in addition to being a Windows 8 ambassador.

  • V8 Supercar driver and Windows 8 ambassador, Rick Kelly, also standing proud with his Surface tablet.

  • Sony's all-in-one touch device has a built-in battery and can be carried from room to room even while it's still running. Its screen folds down flat and is perfect for playing two-player games, among other tasks.

  • One of the journos has a crack at the touchscreen controls.

  • Acer's Aspire S7 was on hand. It has a conventional notebook style with a touchscreen. [[artnid:439677|We reviewed the 13.3in version and we liked it]].

  • The ASUS Taichi was also there. It has a screen on either side of its lid. See more information in our [[artnid:440042|preview]].

  • Toshiba's U925t hybrid Ultrabook. It has a screen that slides over the keyboard for use as a laptop or as a tablet.

  • Here's an Alienware PC running Windows 8.

  • Another all-in-one.

  • A Sony VAIO.

  • Another ASUS product.

  • Acer's 27in all-in-one is something to behold.

  • Lounge room entertainment: start watching something on your Surface tablet, and finish watching it on your big-screen TV.

  • Windows 8 ambassador Jenny Manik.

  • Windows 8 ambassador Anthea Leonard.

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