San Francisco getting the WP8 treatment before launch event

Today, Microsoft will be holding a second major press event in less than a week as it formally debuts Windows Phone 8. In the US, it will hold the media event in San Francisco which will begin at 10 am Pacific Time (1 pm Eastern Time).

UK journalist Mary Branscombe took to Twitter and SkyDrive to post the image of the event locale in San Francisco on Sunday. While not quite as massive as Microsoft's Windows 8 and Surface events in New York City, the company clearly wants to make a big splash with their newest mobile OS, along with its hardware partners such as Nokia, HTC and Samsung. Indeed, Nokia has already gone ahead and announced the Lumia 822 ahead of today's launch. It will be sold by Verizon in the US.

While we won't be able to attend the San Fransisco event, you can check out a live streaming video of the Windows Phone 8 launch festivities on Microsoft's news website. In addition, our writer Andy Weir will be attending a similar Windows Phone 8 event in London, which will happen at the same time as the San Francisco launch.

Source: Mary Branscombe on Twitter | Image via Mary Branscombe

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Am I the only one who thinks it's weird for MS to not postpone this event, when half of the east coast is shutting down ? I'm not sure if it will get the needed attention, if not even a bad one...

Tom said,
When Neowin writes these types of articles, they should include GMT for European users.

Couldn't agree more. I'm kinda tired of having to use other websites to check when will actually be anywhere next to where I live in Europe.

Tom said,
When Neowin writes these types of articles, they should include GMT for European users.

There should be a table that shows several time zones as a standard, especially for this kind of events

WooHoo!!! said,
Do you think they will throw 7.5 users the new start screen bone soon?

We might get the new Start Screen today. I want it, that's for sure. The first time they introduced it back in June, I thought it was kind of ugly, but after playing with WP 8 (the app, not the OS), I think it's kind of nice actually.

WooHoo!!! said,
Do you think they will throw 7.5 users the new start screen bone soon?

Hmm, I don't think so, I also want it BUT I don't think MS will release this update this fast, especially when just some few weeks ago they were asking about features to add to W7.8 ¬¬

FMH said,
Is there any chance that we'll see a Surface Phone?

there are rumors floating over internet, so most probably there will be...

FMH said,
Is there any chance that we'll see a Surface Phone?

Would be interesting to see if Verizon gets a Surface phone in lieu of the 920

FMH said,
Is there any chance that we'll see a Surface Phone?

I doubt it. This is launch is for their software so I would expect a separate launch if they ever release their own phone.

There's only so much you can announce successfully in one day and the other OEMs (especially Nokia and HTC) would be rightfully ****ed off if Microsoft stole their thunder today.

FMH said,
Is there any chance that we'll see a Surface Phone?

At least 2 reliable sources have had reports of there being a Surface phone in production. Obviously even 2 reliable sources could get it wrong.

If the Microsoft stores get any Windows Phone 8 devices to showcase, this could be the boost the platform needed - those stores are absolutely packed and i hope the surface pop up stores get phones as well.

spudtrooper said,
If the Microsoft stores get any Windows Phone 8 devices to showcase, this could be the boost the platform needed - those stores are absolutely packed and i hope the surface pop up stores get phones as well.

all of the stores will showcase wp8 just as they did wp7. WP will get a lot of halo effect from windows 8 but if all else fails they just need to slap windows 8 on a phone which should be possible given how light the ARM version is and how powerful mobile hardware has become.

neonspark said,

all of the stores will showcase wp8 just as they did wp7. WP will get a lot of halo effect from windows 8 but if all else fails they just need to slap windows 8 on a phone which should be possible given how light the ARM version is and how powerful mobile hardware has become.

Desktop OS on a phone != a good thing...

M_Lyons10 said,

Desktop OS on a phone != a good thing...

WP8 runs windows 8, just not the "winrt" runtime.. still based on silverlight.. will be interesting to see if WP8.5 helps bring Winrt further to windows phone or not.