Live blog: Microsoft-Nokia press event

We are in New York City to attend the big Microsoft-Nokia press event, where the two companies will officially unveil their first Windows Phone 8 products. Hopefully there will be some surprises in store considering that much of what will be announced today has supposedly already leaked on the Internet.

After the event, we expect to get some hands-on time with the new Windows Phone 8 smartphones from Nokia, along with a quick Q&A with a Nokia rep, where we will pick some questions from Neowin readers. Stay tuned as the press event is scheduled to start at 10 am Eastern time.

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, is going over the history of Nokia's Windows Phone business; including the launch of the Nokia 800, 900 and more.

He also talks about Nokia's Windows Phone apps, including their location software services. He is also talking about Nokia has streamlined management.

Jo Harlow from Nokia is on stage..to reveal "the next step"

Neowin Live - This event has concluded

13:59 Tim Schiesser Welcome to this Neowin.net live event. Coverage will begin shortly.
14:01 Tim Schiesser John is at the event currently, but he's having a few technical issues so we hope he can come on board soon
14:05 Tim Schiesser In case you're wondering how the event is going, Nokia are currently doing the usual mentioning of their stats and achievements so far
14:06 Tim Schiesser No new Lumias have been announced just yet
14:07 Tim Schiesser Now they're talking about the Asha line-up
14:08 Tim Schiesser Nokia Location platform will be part of Windows 8
14:09 Tim Schiesser Also, Stephen Elop is on stage in case you want to know who's speaking
14:10 Tim Schiesser Looks like an announcement is coming up, as Jo Harlow heads on stage as head of Lumia
14:11 Tim Schiesser They're showing all the parts of a Lumia in a cool video
14:11 John Callaham whoops..the sound cut off ;)
14:11 John Callaham The Nokia Lumia 920
14:11 John Callaham With PureView
14:12 John Callaham Also showing off Nokia CityLens
14:12 John Callaham Built in wireless charging
14:12 John Callaham "It
14:13 John Callaham 1.4 billion images are taken every day with smartphones,
14:14 John Callaham However, we can't control the lighting
14:14 John Callaham and we don't have time to mess with settings
14:15 John Callaham The shutter has to stap open longer with a smartphone
14:15 John Callaham It causes blur normally
14:15 John Callaham PureView in the Nokia Lumia 920 captures many times more light than normal smartphones
14:16 John Callaham More light means better images, without flash, even at night and indoors
14:16 John Callaham HD video will also shake less with the Lumia 920
14:16 Tim Schiesser "Floating Lens technology"
14:17 John Callaham Now talking about Nokia's Windows Phone apps
14:17 John Callaham The company's location based services will be big with Lumia 920
14:17 Tim Schiesser Looks like PureView in the Lumia 920 is referring to the Floating Lens tech rather than huge megapixels like the 808 PureView
14:18 John Callaham Including offline maps; no caching
14:18 John Callaham Free voice guided turn based navigation
14:19 John Callaham Nokia Drive will tell people when they need to leave from their location to their destination
14:19 John Callaham Indoor maps will also be a part of Windows Phone 8
14:19 John Callaham Now talking about City Lens
14:19 John Callaham Pointing a Lumia smartphones at real locations will reveal info about those locations
14:20 John Callaham Tap for reviews and more info
14:20 John Callaham More "human" way to find new places
14:20 John Callaham Nokia Maps will also get augmented vision
14:21 John Callaham See both the direction of your route and new locations
14:21 John Callaham PureMotion HD +
14:21 John Callaham Better than HD resolution on a screen
14:22 John Callaham 4.5 inch display show images that are "amazing"
14:22 John Callaham What if you are in London using City Lens?
14:23 John Callaham Clear black display makes reading displays easier
14:23 John Callaham PureMotion HD+ reacts to sunlight and adjusts the display
14:23 John Callaham Even in the desert and on the beach
14:24 John Callaham 2000 mAh battery inside
14:24 John Callaham Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor inside
14:24 John Callaham up to 30 percent better in battery effencicy than quad core smartphone
14:25 John Callaham Now talking about wireless charging
14:25 Tim Schiesser Snapdragon S4's are very battery friendly as well, good combo with the large battery
14:25 John Callaham Fatboy is working with Nokia on this feature
14:25 John Callaham Qi is a propsed wireless charing standard
14:26 John Callaham deals with Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean
14:26 Tim Schiesser "Qi" is pronounced like "chee" apparently
14:26 John Callaham Virgin Atlantic will have Nokia wireless charging in London airport lounge
14:26 John Callaham Virgin Atlantic will have Nokia wireless charging in London airport lounge
14:27 John Callaham Coffee Bean stores will also have those wireless charging stations
14:27 John Callaham Now doing an overview of what has been announced
14:27 John Callaham Now talking about Windows Phone 8 itself
14:28 John Callaham Joe Belfiore of Microsoft is on stage
14:28 John Callaham Doing a demo of Windows Phone 8 on the Lumia 920
14:28 John Callaham He will
14:28 John Callaham He will "sneak in" some new features
14:29 John Callaham Others will be saved for a later date
14:29 John Callaham He will start with the evolution of the Start experiece
14:30 John Callaham Joe goes into the People hub
14:30 John Callaham To see what his wife is up to
14:30 John Callaham New small sized live tiles in Windows Phone 8
14:30 John Callaham He loves to play games
14:31 John Callaham But he shrinks down the tiles on the screen
14:31 John Callaham Pins Steve Ballmer
14:31 John Callaham Oh uo..Joe has missed some calls from Steve :)
14:32 John Callaham Talking about social networking features
14:32 John Callaham Now focusing on Windows Phone 8 app
14:32 John Callaham "Well over 100,000 apps"
14:33 John Callaham Grabs some Windows Phone 7 apps like Flixster and Weather Channel
14:33 John Callaham Still work and scale up for Windows Phone 8
14:33 John Callaham Grabs CNN tile
14:34 John Callaham The CNN Windows Phone 8 app will support extra large live tiles
14:34 John Callaham Bringing the "web" into the Start experience
14:35 John Callaham You can go into the settings and change buttons
14:35 John Callaham You can change refresh to tabs button
14:35 John Callaham Pulse HTML5 website is being shown
14:36 John Callaham Does rescaling of the site depending on the display screen size
14:36 John Callaham Pin the Pulse HTML5 site as part of Start experience
14:37 John Callaham Now feature in Windows Phone 8
14:37 John Callaham Saving to screenshots
14:37 John Callaham You can go into Photos hub and album view
14:38 Tim Schiesser Power + Home = Screenshot
14:38 John Callaham Which has a screenshot list
14:38 John Callaham And you can share screenshots with friends
14:38 John Callaham First ever Windows Phone 8 screenshot is posted to Joe's Twitter page
14:38 John Callaham and saved to SkyDrive
14:39 John Callaham Another example of a Start screen
14:39 John Callaham One on sports
14:39 John Callaham One for entertainment
14:40 John Callaham Showing off camera features
14:40 John Callaham Supports pinch and zome in camera
14:40 John Callaham Showing the Lenses button
14:41 John Callaham Lens applications in Windows Phone 8
14:41 John Callaham Some Lens will be third parties..such as the CNN Lens
14:41 John Callaham Choosing a Lens called FX Suite
14:42 John Callaham Written by two summer interns at Microsoft
14:42 John Callaham Showing four different camera effects at once
14:42 John Callaham Pan back in time in the camera roll
14:43 John Callaham Looking back at other FX Suite photos
14:43 John Callaham Photo Synth Lens..makes a panoramic picture
14:44 John Callaham Photosynth viewer can zoom in on images
14:44 John Callaham Lets third parties add value to photos
14:44 John Callaham Now using a Windows 8 laptop
14:45 John Callaham to show off SkyDrive support
14:45 John Callaham to show off SkyDrive support
14:45 John Callaham Pictures are uploaded to SkyDrive
14:45 John Callaham One more Lens example
14:46 John Callaham Blink Lens app
14:46 John Callaham from Microsoft Research
14:46 John Callaham Going to take a lot of frames at Joe's face
14:46 John Callaham Chooses the one that is the best
14:46 John Callaham and can be saved
14:47 John Callaham Blink is storing all of the data associated with the picture
14:47 John Callaham you can modify the picture that it generated
14:47 John Callaham We will see some Lumia Lens apps soon
14:48 John Callaham Most personal phone experience in Windows Phone 8
14:48 John Callaham Kevin Shields from Nokia is up next
14:49 John Callaham Nokia has put in innovation that will work better in a person's life
14:49 John Callaham "proudly stands apart from the crowd
14:49 John Callaham (a dig at Samsung )
14:50 John Callaham case has colors that won't strach off
14:50 John Callaham Yellow red and gray colors
14:50 John Callaham "a little bit of panache"
14:51 John Callaham The Lumia 920 has a higher construction standard than the 900
14:51 John Callaham No cracks..not falling apart
14:51 John Callaham Looks great and stays looking great
14:52 John Callaham Talking about the display
14:52 John Callaham This is the fastest LCD display ever on a smartphone
14:52 John Callaham Higher than 720p resolution
14:53 John Callaham Super sensative touch features
14:53 Tim Schiesser Higher than 720p = WXGA = 1280 x 768
14:53 John Callaham If you are wearing gloves...you usually have to take them off to use a smartphone
14:53 John Callaham but not with the Lumia 920
14:54 John Callaham Wireless charging is next
14:55 John Callaham Kevin is a tad nervous..but its working
14:55 John Callaham JBL PowerUp
14:55 John Callaham A speaker that has wireless charging and NFC
14:56 John Callaham Showing off how the speaker works with the Lumia 920
14:57 John Callaham Talking about Nokia Music next
14:57 John Callaham Free instant streaming music
14:57 Tim Schiesser JBL speaker's NFC pairing was a bit iffy
14:57 John Callaham Should be ready to go for US "at any moment"
14:58 John Callaham Showing off the new Purity Pro speakers
14:58 John Callaham Next comes new and exclusive Windows Phone 8 apps
14:58 John Callaham Showing City Lens again
14:59 John Callaham Looks like there's an issue
14:59 John Callaham With showing the demo to the audience
14:59 John Callaham awkward
14:59 John Callaham Kevin is trying to show City Lens on the phone
15:00 John Callaham rather than on the big screen
15:00 John Callaham We assume it works well :)
15:00 John Callaham Angry Birds Roost
15:01 John Callaham (again off the phone)
15:01 John Callaham all sorts of info and media from the Angry Birds universe
15:01 John Callaham (looks like a guy is trying to get things fixed )
15:01 John Callaham Object remover is next
15:02 John Callaham Ok, the big display is working :)
15:02 John Callaham You can take a picture and removes objects from them
15:02 John Callaham Lots of claps for that feature
15:03 John Callaham Cinemagraph app
15:03 John Callaham Takes a picture capture but you can add more emotion to it
15:04 John Callaham animation of a flag is added
15:04 John Callaham and animation of a person..well, being goofy
15:04 John Callaham Versions of those apps will be available for current Lumia phones as well
15:05 John Callaham Largest apature for camera
15:05 John Callaham More light can be captured from PureView
15:05 John Callaham Object image stablisation
15:06 Tim Schiesser f/2.0 lens is apparently the largest for 16:9, but I thought the HTC One X also uses a f/2.0 lens
15:06 John Callaham They would put in springs around the entire camera assembly
15:07 John Callaham Showing a clamp holding two phones
15:07 John Callaham shooting a comparsion video
15:07 John Callaham The regular camera is shaky for video
15:07 John Callaham The Lumia 920 is more stable
15:08 John Callaham Lumia 920 images in the dark with no flash
15:08 John Callaham lots of claps again for this
15:09 Tim Schiesser Last shot taken with no flash. The difference they're showing is really astounding
15:09 John Callaham Took a picture of a Finland American Football game
15:09 John Callaham Took a picture of a Finland American Football game
15:09 John Callaham took an image ..cloudy and not well lit
15:09 John Callaham but still looks good on the Lumia 920
15:09 John Callaham no compromises with smartphone images
15:10 John Callaham Wrapping up features
15:10 John Callaham But...
15:11 John Callaham Introducing the Lumia 820
15:11 Tim Schiesser Can't wait to get a review unit of the Nokia Lumia 920 to check out the camera
15:11 John Callaham 4.3 inch display
15:11 John Callaham with many of the same features as the Lumia 920
15:11 John Callaham Exchangable shells
15:12 John Callaham standard shells
15:12 John Callaham Including a purple color
15:12 John Callaham Another set of shells adds wireless charging
15:13 John Callaham Kevin is done...
15:13 John Callaham Stephen Elop is back up
15:13 John Callaham goes over what has been shown before
15:13 John Callaham Steve Ballmer shows up
15:14 John Callaham Both steves are on stage
15:14 John Callaham Steve Ballmer says this is a very important milestone
15:15 John Callaham (Bill Gates's picture is on the screen behind the two Steves on the Lumia 920)
15:15 John Callaham Steve Ballmer will give a broader contexts to Windows products
15:15 John Callaham "This is a year for Windows"
15:17 John Callaham Seeing lots of Windows product intros
15:17 John Callaham Design similarities between Windows 8 and Windows Phone
15:18 John Callaham music, video, games are all linked
15:18 John Callaham Build applications as well
15:19 Tim Schiesser Nokia stock is down 15% following the Lumia announcements
15:19 John Callaham Largest opportunity for software developers
15:20 John Callaham Steve Ballmer has his own Lumia 920
15:20 John Callaham Will shoot his son's night games with it
15:20 John Callaham Stephen Elop seems to be wrapping things up here
15:21 John Callaham No Nokia Windows 8 tablet reveal..at least not yet
15:21 John Callaham Now its time for Q&A
15:22 John Callaham With Steven and Jo Harlow
15:22 Tim Schiesser Nokia's live stream has concluded, I'm out and thanks for reading
15:22 John Callaham No announcements about prices, launch dates or wireless providers at this event ..sorry
15:23 John Callaham Will support arabic language
15:24 John Callaham How does Nokia feel about Samsung revealing its Windows phone 8 product first?
15:25 John Callaham Elop is still pleased to show the first "working" Windows Phone 8 product
15:27 John Callaham Elop is not revealing plans for Windows 8 or Windows RT tablet
15:27 John Callaham but he strongly hints that Nokia is at least thinking about it
15:28 John Callaham still a lot of excitement about the future of Lumia platform
15:30 John Callaham Nokia is not providing forward guidence at the moment
15:30 John Callaham but Elop says they feel they have a big opportunity to increase their market share in the smartphone industry
15:31 John Callaham Demos of Lumia products coming up next :)
15:31 John Callaham wow..they have buses to take some press to the samsung event later..nice
15:32 John Callaham Elop says that Lumia 920 is the world's most innovative smartphone
15:32 John Callaham that's it for the live blog..thanks for joining us :)
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So no new information about WP8 OS, WP 7.8, timing for device availability? I like the 920 and I think I will buy one but the show......? Quite disappointed honestly.

Fritzly said,
So no new information about WP8 OS, WP 7.8, timing for device availability? I like the 920 and I think I will buy one but the show......? Quite disappointed honestly.

Why would there be WP 7.8 information when with is a WP 8 event????

Fritzly said,

Maybe for the the same reasons that made Terry Myerson, who btw is Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Division, mention it when he presented WP8?

Maybe watching this will help you:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Phone/Summit/Intro

So you're bringing something up from a month ago into today's Nokia presentation. I still don't see why they are entitled to speak on behalf of WP 7.8 when they're introducing new WP 8 Nokia models. Yes, I see what you are saying, but there's an obvious reason why they didn't bring it up here.

briangw said,

So you're bringing something up from a month ago into today's Nokia presentation. I still don't see why they are entitled to speak on behalf of WP 7.8 when they're introducing new WP 8 Nokia models. Yes, I see what you are saying, but there's an obvious reason why they didn't bring it up here.

And what is this reason? Personally I see a reason why they should have spoken about Wp 7.8 extensively: Nokia is still selling Lumia 800 and 900 and detailing to potential buyers what they will get with WP 7.8 could, depending of course by what is on the table, help sales.

Fritzly said,

And what is this reason? Personally I see a reason why they should have spoken about Wp 7.8 extensively: Nokia is still selling Lumia 800 and 900 and detailing to potential buyers what they will get with WP 7.8 could, depending of course by what is on the table, help sales.

My guess is the reason is that it's pretty much a given that MS/Nokia have all but given up on WP7 as there is no upgrade path to v8. So why talk about it during a major press release for version 8? We had a MS SharePoint guy come to our company a couple of months back with a Lumia 900 given to him by MS and that's when the news broke about the lack of an upgrade path. So, he inquired to a few co-workers who pretty much confirmed that they were all going to be stuck with their models. If anything, these WP7 models were introducing the revamped WP software to basically do nothing but wet everyone's whistle to get them pumped up for bigger things to come. Plus, it coincides with Windows 8, so if anything, WP7 was just a teaser, jumpstart mechanism of Nokia. Yeah, it's a crappy marketing ploy but that's why I didn't jump on board and why I haven't traded in my company's iPhone 4S as I'm waiting on version 8.

Microsoft press conference is the boring press conference in the entire tech world.
its like a conference for 80+ year old people. on the other hand Apple and Google makes the best conference ever.

still1 said,
Microsoft press conference is the boring press conference in the entire tech world.
its like a conference for 80+ year old people. on the other hand Apple and Google makes the best conference ever.
This isn't a conference. It's a hardware device reveal.

MrHumpty said,
This isn't a conference. It's a hardware device reveal.

err!!! whatever it is device unveil or conference... it has one of the boring of all!!!
The last MS dev conference was kind off boring and nothing special.
Have you seen the coolness in apple and google when they unveil devices??

in this very same conference when this guy unveiled wireless charging he said tada like a magic and no one clapped and he looked like a fool there... i laughed out loud right at that moment...

Did I just see a glossy phone?! Cmon, Nokia. The exterior of last year's Lumia is just perfect. Please don't. Not a deal breaker, though.

grayscale said,
Did I just see a glossy phone?! Cmon, Nokia. The exterior of last year's Lumia is just perfect. Please don't. Not a deal breaker, though.

The while lumia was glossy, and I believe some of the other colors as well.

HawkMan said,

The while lumia was glossy, and I believe some of the other colors as well.

Ah, yes. White is glossy, but the original pink, cyan, and black aren't glossy. OR maybe I was looking at the 800

jamieakers said,
Who decided to send John of all people?

This. I have Neowin and TheVerge side by side and TheVerge is just covering it better, imo. (I love you, Neowin. Please don't hate me)

greenwizard88 said,
Is the live stream, erm, not live steaming for anyone else, or has comcast targeted me alone to mess with?

Not working here either.

I can't wait to see what phones will be available, I die to see which carriers will get the phones, hope they announce that too.

Ely said,
I can't wait to see what phones will be available, I die to see which carriers will get the phones, hope they announce that too.

I hope they announce Verizon as a carrier , that would be an epic win for the platform.

Cheruman said,
The apparent lack of VPN-support in WP8 is the only thing stopping me trading in my iPhone.

is that confirmed or assumed on your part?

MrHumpty said,

is that confirmed or assumed on your part?

Assumed. Mainly because I see no mention of it in any of the info that's been released so far. Hopefully I'm wrong but I guess we won't know until someone gets some proper hands-on experience.

Cheruman said,

Assumed. Mainly because I see no mention of it in any of the info that's been released so far. Hopefully I'm wrong but I guess we won't know until someone gets some proper hands-on experience.

Agreed. I hoping they have added that, and frankly I'll be amazed if they haven't. Since it's built on the Windows Core you'd think it would be there. That's the only reason I'm assuming it will be there.

Bet Apple will sue because Nokia will use icons on new phone, and it will be of a rectangle shape. We all know apple invented the phone, icons, phone shape, camera on a phone and everything else to do with the phone.

Na in all seriousness I hope nokia and microsoft make a hit with these new phones. The UI and functions of the phones look grate, the only downfall is there are not many apps around but i am sure that will change a year or so after Windows 8 is released.

MrAnalysis said,
Bet Apple will sue because Nokia will use icons on new phone, and it will be of a rectangle shape. We all know apple invented the phone, icons, phone shape, camera on a phone and everything else to do with the phone.

Na in all seriousness I hope nokia and microsoft make a hit with these new phones. The UI and functions of the phones look grate, the only downfall is there are not many apps around but i am sure that will change a year or so after Windows 8 is released.

Actually I think that entire lawsuit was a hidden blessing for nokia.. It showed many people that they are the only company trying new things and not copying everyone around them.. Ii know that samsung will come out with a new kind of design for their phones and that it will probably feel rushed... people hate change and samsung coming out with different designs could upset alot of their customers..