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Live: Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8
And just like that, it's time for Microsoft to officially announce the start of the Windows Phone 8 era. At today's event in San Francisco, we're going to be introduced to WP8 once more, but this time we expect Redmond's team to reveal some additional details regarding its new mobile operating system, and who knows, we might even get to see (and play with) some previously unknown handsets!

Join us as we are following Microsoft's event and bringing you the latest news as they come out. We'll keep you posted with up-to-the-minute updates with our liveblog, which you can find below.

Stay tuned, the even starts at: 10AM PDT | 12PM CDT | 1PM EDT | 5PM GMT | 6PM CET


Live event tracker

13:13This is Ray S., signing off!
13:13Excuse us now, but we're going to check out the new devices... and will report everything interesting that we come across at once!
13:12OK, guys, it was a wonderful Microsoft presentation. We had a lot of fun, and hope that you did too!
13:11... Hinting at how "personal" and unique the experience of Windows Phone 8 can be.
13:10Ballmer: "I guess you'll never be able to mistake me and Joe, and you'll certainly not be able to mistake me and Jessica."
13:09
13:09Joe is aback on stage, and Jessica Alba is also on stage!
13:08"As hundreds of millions of people but Win 8, they'll see how much better the experience will get with Windows Phone 8."
13:08"Developers are all-in." - With WP8 and Win 8. "If someone hasn't been convinced until now, Microsoft is all-in."
13:07Now that's promising...
13:07"Between Windows Phone 8, Surface, and Windows 8, you won't be able to turn on the TV, or open a magazine, without seeing a Microsoft ad.
13:06T-Mobile will have the Lumia 810 and 8X. Verizon - the 822 and 8X, and AT&T - the Lumia 920, 820 and 8X.
13:04New phone, exclusive for Verizon - Samsung ATIV Oddissey - probably a version of the ATIV S.
13:04The phones will go on sale this coming weekend!
13:04
13:03And now we're getting an overview of the HTC Windows Phone 8X. Once Ballmer finishes with each phone, he's neatly putting it in his coat.
13:02"We're thrilled that Samsung has built such a flat-out gorgeous phone."
13:02
13:02Next, he's showing the Ativ S.
13:01He's showing off some of the newest Windows phones. He starts with the Lumia 920.
13:00"New killer hardware. I'd argue one of the best hardware, if not the best hardware" in phones.
12:59"What else sets Windows Phone 8 apart - it's how it works with Pcs." Now that's not surprising.
12:58"Pin your best friends, sisters, brothers, co-workers. Create a Room and pin it to the Start screen."
12:58It's a very philosophical speech that Steve has prepared for us.
12:57"4 years ago we really started on what became WP8."
12:56"Windows 8 PC really are the best PCs ever!"
12:56
12:55
12:55Wow, it's Steve Ballmer, and with a rather friendly tone at that.
12:55Joe has finished with his presentation and has left us. Thanks Joe, you were awesome, as always!
12:54One more person is going to come on stage now.
12:54This will let you transfer your iTunes library to your (supposedly new) Windows (Phone) 8 device.
12:53"We'll have sync companions for Windows 8, Windows 7, and the Mac."
12:52Music and Playlists will also be synced across devices, thanks to Xbox Music.
12:51Joe says we shouldn't be worried about online storage spaces with Skydrive, because Skydrive gives you the most starting space of all others
12:49They are using an HTC phone as the demo device. Poor Nokia...
12:48Joe is now talking about the tight integration between Windows Phone 8 devices. Thanks to Skydrive, of course!
12:47You can share calendars, locations and other stuff with the people in your Rooms. Awesome stuff!
12:46
12:46You can add people with other OS'es to Rooms.
12:45Rooms is like Facebook's Groups, or something like that. You can put desired contacts in various rooms, like Family, Friends, etc.
12:44
12:43But we are! New feature: Rooms.
12:43Noooooooo, she left. :( Nobody in the hall is now following what Joe's talking about.
12:42"Personal cleaning products, diapers, wipers" and other cool stuff... AND introducing Microsoft's new partner - Jessica Alba!
12:41"I started a company called the Honest Company."
12:41She's been mostly concerned about her music library, but Joe has come to the rescue, installed the Mac Connector app and saved the day!
12:40"Before you got the Windows Phone, you had an iPhone. Did you find the switch difficult?"
12:39
12:38"I love it right on my screen." Jesus...


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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:14 7

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Hell yeah! Lets get this started! Btw, is any of the PA staff present at the event?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:31 5

9. crapdroid666 (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


of course :3

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:43

14. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I see that you edited your comment. :P

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:59 1

26. crapdroid666 (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


"Windows 8 PC really are the best PCs ever!" hahahah i actually burst out laughing. no offence to anyone

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:45 1

30. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Are they not? The new iphone is the best iphone yet, each new ipad is the best yet, why would computers be different? Almost everything continues to improve, so as long as the qualifier (yet, which should be used in place of "ever", but that's a different conversation) is used, they're not wrong.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:40 6

10. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


We sure do! How could we miss the action?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57 1

25. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why so few Nokias for demos? Silly Microsoft, all that money you spent for them but showing mostly the HTCs... I know they'll be more widely available, but show off the flagship, not the lesser models!

*EDIT* Oh yay, Steve is giving them love.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:14 1

2. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Maybe they should give something incredible otherwise hiding WP8 would prove to be the worst move ever.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:13

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1293; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Especially when Google announced the devices without any event

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:17 1

3. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


finally it's WP time lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:24

22. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


to see the event live go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YDrmqPo-dw

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:21 1

4. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I hope ray s is more excited about this than he was for the apple and Windows 8 events

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:22

5. rembo65 (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I want something "beefier" than 920, Nokia. Please and thank you.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:24

6. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Like, what, a Note-sized Lumia 1000?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:26

7. rembo65 (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


nope. no need to go bigger. but a quad-core, with 2Gb of RAM would make me feel excited.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:41 9

11. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Why do you need a quad-core when everything runs just fine on dual-core (on WIndows Phone)?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:49

16. rembo65 (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I just would like to feel comfortable thinking that when some badass games are available for WP8, my phone will not choke

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:24

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5362; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Because performance is required not only for OS but for apps and games too. Also performance reserves gives bigger chance to get OS updates in the future.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:00 1

27. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It also raises the price, and if the apps and such cannot take advantage of such power, what's the point? When the dual-core Pentiums started hitting the market in the early 2000s, they were very quick, but none of the software or OSes could really take advantage of the power until 64-bit versions of XP came out later out. When Android started offering dual (and quad) core, yes, the phones ran smoother, but not necessarily more efficient, and few apps can use them. So in a year or two when apps are finally able to take advantage of the power the phones then will be up-to-date for that.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:20

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5362; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Even if you are buying device for next 2 or maybe even 3 years?
Also do you realise that if there will be not much Quan-Core devices then no one would even try to propagate development of software wich would support Quan-Core?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:50

31. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why go quad if dual is more than satisfactory? Core count isn't everything; there's still some dual-core Pentiums which can keep up with Core i5s and i7s due to optimization and using the correct hardware. There are also efficiencies to keep in mind; these are being used in phones, which need to last all day, make phone calls, and do web browsing and such, so unless the quad is as power-efficient as a dual (and some are, even moreso when on a smaller process) then there is little point to making such a device be so portable, otherwise the customer will have to install an insanely large battery on it, and at that point, as weight and power go up, and based on what the user is wishing to do with it, a tablet or computer becomes more sensible. I'd rather play a game on a 7" tablet than on a 4" phone, given equal capabilities, especially as the tablet would have more capacity for the needed larger battery.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:59

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5362; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Why go quad if dual is more than satisfactory?"

I have already answered to that question.

"There are also efficiencies..."

It is not an rule that bigger core count should eat more energy, it depends on technology!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:27 2

8. darkvadervip (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I'm ready to get this money out my hands and spend!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:42

12. mas11 (Posts: 1023; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


WP8 looks very attractive and idk if microsoft has already done this but it wold be really cool if you could remotely control your 360 and Windows 8 pc.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:44 2

29. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I have a WP7 Lumia 900 and I can control my PC from it. I don't own an XBox but I believe there is some media sharing capabilities between them. I believe MIcrosoft Glass (I think that's what it's called) will offer the sort of functionality you're looking for.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:43 3

13. TheKookiemonster007 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


man i want that lumia 820

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:44

15. osaFromJava (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Hey guys, check this out
http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/29/nexus-4-official/

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:49

17. nosybummer (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Glad to see ''vlc'' attending the function

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:52

18. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


What time does it start!!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:53

19. zivan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I m Curious to know if there will be information about 7.8 update or not? P
A guys what u think .thanks

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:59

20. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


it would be cool if they released a device to compete with the nexus 4 at the same price point! it would be impossible to choose. oh well.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:43 1

24. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


you guys can watch the live stream on WPcentral.com

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:10

33. Credo (Posts: 683; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Windows Phone 8 is a huge dissapointment

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