They are talking up the new Xbox Music service.
It was a Windows 7 PC, but with Windows 8, the computer boots 30 percent faster. The audience cheers loudly for that -- people love their faster boot times.
Mike demonstrates using the laptop's touchpad like he would interact with a touch screen for Windows 8.
The new touchpad drivers are a long-overdue improvement, very Mac-like in their responsiveness.
Julie assures us a lot of the same programs and Windows interface is still there below the tile user interface (in case you don't like tiles).
Mike showing of Excel 2013, which just came out, and says they run just like they did on Windows 7.
How do you do split-screen in Windows 8 with a mouse? Click and drag from the Recent Apps sidebar. Very smooth.
Mike and Julie showed off two new Windows Phone. Mike teases a new wave of Windows Phone devices. "It'll be the biggest wave ever."
The traditional Windows interface will be important for many corporate customers, who don't want to have to retrain users on a new interface. It's one of the big challenges for Microsoft: updating the operating system without making it so new that it alienates its core users.
PCs designed for Windows 8 are thinner and lighter, Mike says.
Julie: "These are the best PCs that have ever been made."
Mike demos a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, which runs on an Intel Atom chip.
@seth rosenblatt Of course, if Julie said something else, like they aren't quite the best PCs ever made, THAT would be news.
Mike now rattling off a list of wireless connections, which should show up on this Lenovo tablet.
Julie now talking about the Acer Aspire S7-191 -- calls it an enterprise-ready laptop that's gorgeous.
Again, nothing new here. These products have been announced and/or reviewed.
That will be an ongoing theme today, as there is little actual "news" coming out today.
You want a touch notebook for $499? There will be a Windows 8 one available on the first day.
From tablets to all-in-ones, Windows 8 works for different sizes and screens, Julie says.
Partners are making all kinds of new hardware, Mike says, adding that's why the apps have grown in Windows Store.
Now talking about multitasking - showing off a video of "Fringe" while checking email or browsing the Internet. The video keeps playing.
The pair are showing off a slew of different form factors. It's yet to be seen which ones consumers will gravitate too. One, the Dell XPS 12, has a screen that flips over and covers the keyboard. But it looks bulky when in tablet mode. Not sure it's one I'd want.
The Snap split-screen feature is an updated take on the Windows 7 version, and it is hands-down one of the best things about Windows 8/Windows RT
You can use the "Search" charm to run searches across the Internet or apps.
One-click uninstall - it should give you the confidence to try an app, Mike says.
You can try it without downloading licenses or going through the trouble of a long install.