Posting from Anaheim: Microsoft’s Build conference doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday morning, but people have started to arrive, and the picture below at the Anaheim Convention Center gives you a sense for the balance Microsoft will be attempting to strike as it lifts the curtain on Windows 8.

The motto is a reminder that, for all the struggles the company is experiencing in tablets and smartphones, Microsoft has a longstanding legacy of software and hardware developers that lean on its technologies, historically fueling its growth. The trick will be moving into the new world without alienating that existing base of loyalists. We’ll see how the company accomplishes that balancing act this week.

Some of the big things we know about Windows 8 so far are that it will have a tablet-friendly tile-based start screensmarter file copying, support for low-power mobile processors, a new fast startup mode, and an Office-style ribbon in the Windows Explorer file browser.

Stay tuned for news from Anaheim as the conference gets going this week.

Previously: Windows 8: What Microsoft needs to prove this week.

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  • john

    I am so excited for Build. If it delivers on what it promises, then this will launch Microsoft many years ahead of Apple and Google.

  • Sdubnoff

    John, are you kidding?

  • Anonymous

    The Build photo says “Use what you know. Do what you’ve always imagined.” In some circles that is parsed in a negative way. To explain: similar sentiments are being used to present current knowledge and practices as outmoded, and to encourage people to update their college qualifications to anticipate the future. The argument is that “It’s time to move beyond what you already know, what you’ve always done.” I suggest that next year’s Build tag-line aims to be more future-facing, more representative of the innovative ideas that Build attendees have, and their readiness to learn new things. 

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