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Developers Get Major Windows 8 Perk

Every year or two I send editors to what used to be called the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (it's called Build). I say every couple of years because Microsoft holds these events when it has significant new software, and not based on an arbitrary annual schedule.

The last time around Microsoft gave developers netbooks loaded with tons of RAM so they could run beta versions of Windows 7 and Office 2010. My journalists, being journalists, were not eligible.

This time around the tears are greater as Microsoft handed out some 5,000 Samsung tablets running an early version (a way early version) of Windows 8.

This bad boy has 4 gigs of RAM, a solid state drive, and a sharp 1366 x 768 display. The machine has a split personality, acting as either a standard laptop (through a Bluetooth keyboard) or pure tablet. As if this wasn't sweet enough, Microsoft tossed in a full year of 3G connectivity.

Are you as jealous about not receiving one of these Samsungs as I am? Don't cry into your Cheerios. Cry to me instead at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/16/2011 at 1:18 PM


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