Picture: On the scene at Microsoft Build in Anaheim

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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