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Microsoft Windows Phone Summit Liveblog

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Microsoft Windows Phone Summit Liveblog
Microsoft is doing some big moves these days. On Monday, it introduced its Surface tablet, and today it's going to show us the future of Windows Phone! Join us for our liveblog of the Windows Phone Summit event to get all the details about the new version of the operating system as they come!

Unfortunately, not much is known about this upcoming update. Will it feature any design changes, or will it be all about new features that get added to the mix? We don't know, but the good news is we'll know very, very soon. If you'd like to refresh your memory as to what's rumored to change in Windows Phone, please head this way to read our rumor round-up article.

Stay tuned, as the event will begin at 9 AM Pacific | 11 AM Central  | 12 PM Eastern | 6 PM Central European Time!

Live event tracker

13:10And that, folks, marked the end of this presentation. Thanks for being with us. This was Ray giving you this amazing liveblog experience. :)
13:08Apparently, the 7.8 update for 7.5 users will only bring the WP 8 start screen. Well, could have been worse...
13:07Soon to come to the Marketplace: Words with Friends and Draw Something by Zynga.
13:07Now, that was fast.
13:06The WP Marketplace has reached the 100,000 apps milestone. Congrats!
13:06Terry from Microsoftis back on stage to talk about the momentum of the Marketplace.
13:05Actually, it gives you a few options - it may suggest that you take the scenery route if it finds that there's enough time for you to arrive
13:04My Commute, for example, remembers your frequent commutes, and suggest the shortest routes for those commutes.
13:03Nokia Maps is also getting a number of updates.
13:03... With the best expression for each person. This is courtesy of the Scalado acquisition.
13:02Smart Group Shot takes a series of pictures. It takes the best face expression for every person from every pic, and makes a whole new pic.
13:01Smart Group Shot is a new mode that should make it easy to take a pic of a group of people.
13:01New camera extras: self-timer, action shot (burst shot), panorama mode.
13:00Nokia Music will have an imporoved gig finder.
12:59Play To is the first one (DLNA app), Nokia Counters will let you track data, voice and messaging usage. An update Nokia Music.
12:59Nokia is announcing new apps for Lumias.
12:58Kevin Shields from Nokia is up on stage. You know, the guy with the big voice.
12:58But Microsoft is committed to 7.5, so those guys will get the new Start screen and some more features with an WP 7.8 update. Yay!
12:56It's not so much, but it's some form of commitment...
12:56All software updates for Windows Phone 8 will come OTA. Every device will be supported for at least 18 months.
12:54Devices will be powered by Qualcomm silicon.
12:53First WP 8 devices will come from Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC!
12:53Terry is back on stage.
12:521. Better hardware, faster; 2. Amazing games; 3. Improved multitasking; 4. Talk with your apps; 5. More was for Devs to make money;
12:52Things to remember from Kevin's speech:
12:51Every enterprise can decide what information to present its employees with using the Company Hub app.
12:49Microsoft is introducing the "Company Hub" app. It allows enterprises to customize employees handsets.
12:47Game developers are recommended to use Direct3D with C++/C code.
12:44Talk about a no-brainer.
12:43Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 apps will run on Windows Phone 8.
12:42Gets weird in a while.
12:42When you say "Seach", it replies with "Heard you say 'Search'". Interestingly, it begins every sentence with "Heard you say ..." :D
12:41He's giving us a demo of the new speech recognition service. It responds to his commands. Sounds just like Siri.
12:40Kevin points out that WP was capable of launching apps using voice from day 1. Something Siri is learning just now.

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 10:47 1

1. mobilefuture (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

any live streaming by you guys?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:25

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Windows Media Player

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:20 1

2. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)




keep it comin!!!

i need to see a "microsoft/windows" branded phone!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:15

14. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

I would like to see this too, but maybe some other time. :)

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:34 1

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Mostly core stuff. End user info maybe a little while yet. Still, fun stuff for the future of WP

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:35 2

5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Looks really good so far! Can't wait to see the other features.
*crosses fingers for file manager and USB transfer*

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:49

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay- Start screen is freaking FUN!! I had seems rendering like that about a month or so ago, but this is better!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:13

7. Vaidya (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Everything is great as expected and in am very happy with it but take a look at 11:46 picture of start screen looks like well organised pile of garbage (lady laughing at it ), i want full customization support . ie make the tiles --saucers or pentagons .....just joking..........

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:18 1

8. Shubham412302 (Posts: 454; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

i really wanna try wp8

symbian then android and then wp8

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:25

9. blade (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 May 2012)

really till now awesomeeeeeeee sd card support 720p multiple cores
and that code sharing to port apps from ios and android amazing
seems like we will have awesome competion
will definetly try windows 8 ms has be giving awseome surprise this days
sorry but ios 6 got ripped off
also lets see what googlr i/o has to offer
i really love tech it just goes on and on

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:32 1

10. blade (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 May 2012)

nerds live streaming here

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:45

11. jove39 (Posts: 1977; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Awesome...I might buy WP8 phone and W8 tab sometime in future...new features have brought WP on par with Andoid and iOS...user acceptance will determine its commercial success!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:58

12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

12:57 was the time of Sorow and anger :( :( :( :(

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:15

13. Shubham412302 (Posts: 454; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

wp7.8 must get file manager and bluetooth ftp support

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:18

15. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

first of all good job by phonearena team for the live blog...seems like microsft are on a roll....

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:20 1

16. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

Ray you did an AWESOME JOB...

i say they should give you a promotion or raise... hahaha



posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:42 1

17. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Thanks for the live blog Ray and PhoneArena!

Man, Windows Phone 8 seems like it hits all the right spots. Only wish WP7.5 devices would get the full upgrade, but it is understandable that they won't as WP8 runs on an entirely different kernel. At least we'll get a UI update and a few features to make us feel like we got the upgrade, lol.

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