Miss the Windows Phone 8 keynote? Watch it again here

Microsoft took off the covers yesterday of Windows Phone 8 out in San Francisco and showed the world what it had been working on for the past few months. With a new start screen and tons of other new features, Windows Phone 8 is taking Microsoft's mobile OS to an entirely new level.

If you want to watch the presentation again, you can hit the source link below and relive the glory of Microsoft pulling back the curtains on Windows Phone 8.

Neowin was all over the announcements and you can check out all of our postings below to make sure you have all of the relevant information.

Via: WindowsPhoneDaily

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They haven't announced most of the new end-user features yet, and I think at least some will have to be ported to 7.8. After all, they're getting rid of Zune, so you'd think they'd have a new Xbox Music app and Xbox Video app.

boumboqc said,
No love for my lumia 900...
I feel like i've been raped.

You are getting 7.8.

We also don't know everything about 7.8. The new start screen is there for sure, all WP7 phones are getting it, but that is all we know.

Microsoft didn't talk about all of the new WP8 consumer features at this event -- it was all for developers.

WP7.8 will most likely include Xbox Music updates, smart glass, etc... So I would expect a later date they will detail what exactly will be included for consumers in 7.8.

Is it ideal? No. But you are getting love. Nokia announced several new apps -- you already have Nokia Drive for your phone, so you won't be missing out on that, etc...

Microsoft added a lot of new hardware security features to WP8 that WP7 hardware doesn't support.

Could they have ported it? Probably. The problem is time.

WP8 will be an awesome platform and great for business with the enhanced security features like Secureboot and Bitlocker -- two features that are not possible with WP 7.x devices.

Edited by ryuh3d, Jun 21 2012, 1:31pm :

ryuh3d said,

You are getting 7.8.

Is it ideal? No. But you are getting love. Nokia announced several new apps -- you already have Nokia Drive for your phone, so you won't be missing out on that, etc...

Microsoft added a lot of new hardware security features to WP8 that WP7 hardware doesn't support.

Could they have ported it? Probably. The problem is time.

I'm happy with 7.8 BUT the lumia is the latest device they offered. And they pushed it hard. Imagine if the Galaxy SIII wouldn't be upgradable to the latest android.

ryuh3d said,

Could they have ported it? Probably. The problem is time.

The real problem is they have done it before, they did again and they will continue to do it. Hopefully (and it may not be worth it at this point) the XDA community can show Microsoft how to do it (and the XDA community does it for free).

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

The real problem is they have done it before, they did again and they will continue to do it. Hopefully (and it may not be worth it at this point) the XDA community can show Microsoft how to do it (and the XDA community does it for free).

The XDA community for the Lumia 900 is inexistant.

boumboqc said,

I'm happy with 7.8 BUT the lumia is the latest device they offered. And they pushed it hard. Imagine if the Galaxy SIII wouldn't be upgradable to the latest android.

That happens often with Android devices. Yes you can hack it -- let me know how many average consumers are forcing ICS, etc... onto their Android devices.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

The real problem is they have done it before, they did again and they will continue to do it. Hopefully (and it may not be worth it at this point) the XDA community can show Microsoft how to do it (and the XDA community does it for free).

It will be interesting to see if XDA does port it.

However, if every WP8 device supports Bitlocker and SecureBoot -- I doubt XDA will be successful because WP7 lacks the hardware to support those two security features.

boumboqc said,
No love for my lumia 900...
I feel like i've been raped.

The Business features are probably a large reason why WP7.x devices are not getting full WP8.

Windows Phone 8 provides always-on device encryption, which like the similar feature in Windows RT is based on the mature BitLocker encryption technologies from Windows 8. This encryption works with both device and storage card storage, is hardware accelerated, and is on by default.

Windows Phone 8 also supports Secure Boot, just like Windows 8. Secure Boot is technically a feature of the UEFI firmware type and it provides always-on protection against malware, including before the OS is loaded at boot time.

Windows Phone 8 will include new Office 2013-based Office apps. (Maybe 7.8 will get Office 2013, but the security features are not supported by WP7.x hardware)

Windows Phone 8 will include device manageability capabilities that exceed what's possible with just Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). I assume and expect that this will be the same management functionality that Microsoft is building for Windows RT.

And it will support side-loading of line of business (LOB) apps, meaning that enterprises will be able to deploy apps to Windows Phone securely, just as they can now for iOS and Android. (Microsoft will build support for this into its Windows Intune PC and device management service.)