Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the end of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. You can also read our summary story and individual posts, including our hands-on early look at Windows 8, as well as a story on the operating system's bold new look and feel. Also check out our slideshow for a tour of Windows 8.
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Just when many folks are getting used to running Windows 7, Microsoft's latest operating system, the software giant plans to unveil the first details of the upcoming Windows 8.
Microsoft will start taking the wraps off its next operating system at its Build conference Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT, and we'll be there to bring you the news, live from the Anaheim Convention Center. Microsoft holds these types of events--they used to be called Professional Developers Conferences--to give software developers guidance to create new applications for the next generation of its operating system.
This conference comes at a crucial time for Microsoft. PC growth is slowing as tablets, notably Apple's iPad, are displacing PCs for some applications. Until now, Microsoft has had no real competitive response. Build will be its best effort to change the conversation.
The company has already given a few peeks at Windows 8. At the D9 conference this spring, Microsoft unveiled a new interface that uses the same look--which Microsoft has dubbed Metro--as its Windows Phone 7 operating system. At that conference, Microsoft also gave a glimpse of its new touch interface.
An early, first look at Windows 8 (hands-on)
Microsoft's bold new look and feel for Windows
Take an early tour of Windows 8 (photos)
ZDNet: Windows 8 unveiled
Windows 8: Here's what we now know (and don't)
On Tuesday morning, much more will be revealed, and as usual, we'll be using Cover It Live to bring you updates and photos from the event. You can go ahead and bookmark this page and come back to it, or sign up to get an e-mail reminder just before the event starts. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. PT.
Editors' note: The initial, barebones version of this story was posted September 12 at 5:49 p.m. PT.