Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8 at Nokia event

Tonight, Microsoft unveiled the latest release of their mobile platform, Windows Phone 8 at a major event organized by both Microsoft and Nokia. Microsoft took the stage and unveiled a number of new features and hardware capabilities for the new platform, as well as announcing a number of new Nokia devices.

Joe Belifore joined Nokia on stage and did a demo of Windows Phone 8 on the Lumia 920. A lot of time was spent talking about the customization possibilities of the home screen now that the live tiles can be shrunken. Internet Explorer can be customized too, with buttons able to be changed by the user in the UI.

Windows Phone 7 applications in an unchanged state work perfectly on Windows Phone 8. Screenshot ability finally has been added to Windows Phone 8 on pressing "Start + Power" and it is saved to the camera application.

The camera application now includes a new button for "lenses" which allows applications to build seamlessly into the camera to allow instant filter addons and other enhancements.

NFC is also supported by the platform, and at least for Nokia, allows devices to be paired with just by tapping them together (such as to play audio from wireless headphones). We also spotted a "Windows Phone Wallet" application during Joe Belfiore's demo, but nothing was said about it.

Unfortunately today's demonstration seems to have covered mostly things we already recognize and know from Windows Phone 7.

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M_Lyons10 said,
I can't wait to see all of the new features in WP8... I wonder when Microsoft will truly show it off...?

I think wp8 will rtm in the next week or two and the public will finally see the ful os at build in October.

personally i had a htc mozart and the apps were horrid, i would stay clear until there are MAJOR improvements in the apps, which is something i havent seen yet. happy with the iphone 4s!

peacemf said,
personally i had a htc mozart and the apps were horrid, i would stay clear until there are MAJOR improvements in the apps, which is something i havent seen yet. happy with the iphone 4s!

Well, its a little odd at how the os handles the apps.
for example, the zune app loads instantly. But any other music app you download from the store will take a few seconds or more.

I'm sure we will learn more about Windows Phone 8 on or around the announcement/launch of the Apple iPhone 5. Honestly, this is just getting silly now....

spc1972 said,
I'm sure we will learn more about Windows Phone 8 on or around the announcement/launch of the Apple iPhone 5. Honestly, this is just getting silly now....

U MAD BRO?

wotsit said,
The SkyDrive icon staying blue is kinda weird?

SkyDrive's icon stays blue because that's they colour of their tile everywhere. Check outlook.com or on the current Windows Phones. Outlook.com has light blue, People is Orange, Calendar is purple.

zikalify said,
Still no news on 7.8?

They did mention that some of the new Nokia WP8 software would be coming to previous Lumia phones!! Yay!!!!!!!!!

scumdogmillionaire said,
Was going to go with the Samsung ATIV since I love my Focus so much... but I think the Lumia 920 just got me...

personally, I like the ATIV S design allot more.

The Nokia really is swaying me with the camera, and the fact that nokia is supporting the OS 100%, not 30%* like Samsung is.

But really, Nokia needs to get a classy design like the ATIV S, I dislike the design on this. Hopefully "zeal" changes that.

As somebody who has a iphone 4s I am liking windows phone 8 more and more. Unless apple announces a big change my next phone will have windows phone 8. Now to decide which one.

majortom1981 said,
As somebody who has a iphone 4s I am liking windows phone 8 more and more. Unless apple announces a big change my next phone will have windows phone 8. Now to decide which one.

I am going to be turning in my iPhone 4S work phone for a Win 8 phone at launch. I, too, am excited about this.

majortom1981 said,
As somebody who has a iphone 4s I am liking windows phone 8 more and more. Unless apple announces a big change my next phone will have windows phone 8. Now to decide which one.

Don't follow the herd, be different! It is what probably drew you to the iPhone in the first place - Go Windows Phone 8 with Nokia. You won't regret it. They are the best goddam engineered, reliable, rock solid phones on the planet. I have never had anything but the highest respect for Apple engineering and design but engineering wise Nokia blows them out of the water. I have never had clearer more reliable reception and data coverage than with a Nokia.

The Apple will have a larger screen (finally catching up with the very strong market trend). However it won't be anywhere near as large as it should be. It will be mildy thinner, may have a slightly modified shape and have LTE and possibly NFC. Apart from chip upgrades etc that will be pretty much most of it.