During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2013) today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened the event with a keynote hyping the upcoming Windows 8.1 release along with the benefits of using a Windows Phone device.
During his keynote, Ballmer was enthusiastic about his company’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products. “There’s no phones in the market better today than Windows Phone.. I say that with all the objectivity of the CEO of Microsoft… it’s a little known secret just how unbelievably amazing those phones are,” Ballmer enthusiastically stated during his keynote.
Ballmer also spoke about Windows 8.1, stating that he “couldn’t be more pleased with the progress.” We’ve embedded his keynote in the first video below. Later in the event, Microsoft’s Windows boss Tami Reller spoke about Windows 8. Reller revealed that there were more than 20 million enterprise evaluations and that Windows 8 has logged 60 billion hours of use. Reller also revealed that Windows 8.1 would hit RTM in late August of this year.
In the second video below, Worldwide Partner Group CVP Jon Roskill recaps the key announcements from the events of day one, including the Microsoft TouchWins program, 28 new countries for Microsoft Surface, and new Office365 offerings. Grab a cup of coffee and check out the videos embedded below.