Windows Phone 8 shown off on video on HTC 8X

Microsoft has not been saying much about Windows Phone 8 for the past few weeks, and even when new hardware was announced, Microsoft restricted the press from navigating past the Start screen. Even though Microsoft put a stop to the OS exploration, it would seem as if that memo did not make it to the GITEX Computer Shopper show where Windows Phone 8 was shown off on a HTC 8X.

The GITEX Computer Shopper show is currently being held in Dubai, and the video you see above is a demonstration of the new OS. In the video, we can finally see some of the leaked features outside of the emulator. The new features include a reworked Office 2013 hub, downloading new keyboards in new languages, Family Room, maps (with offline option), lock screen images from a third party, and you can now control which live tile apps display information.

While we can't understand why Microsoft is holding back the SDK (minus a few select devs) and then limiting press use of devices, their strategy has mostly flopped as the OS has been shown off in detail on video. While Microsoft could have a few items hidden away, unless they are ground-breaking new features, the entire WP8 delivery has been in shambles since the initial (and partial) announcement in June. 

Source: WPcentral

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Sounds to me like this is most of the functionality that is going to appear in the final release regardless of the age of this build.

MS had been hinting that they had more to release but it doesn't look like it.

video has been marked private!! Unless the user has given you permissions you can not view it. If you have permissions log in.

I wanna see more with what they're doing in the bing app. plus the date on the phone says sept 1st? either wrong or a pretty old video?

also noticed when he was in the lock screen setting theres an option now for bing pics...hopefully they update daily w/ bing

tegument said,
also noticed when he was in the lock screen setting theres an option now for bing pics...hopefully they update daily w/ bing

Yep, that's what it does.

When did this site become such a TROLL ****ING SITE!??!? I used to love it, any ways - sensationalist **** sells right?

This is an OLD version of WP8. We will see some stellar stuff in the final.

Wow I'm sure there was something in the video that was significant but I couldn't get past the hairy knuckles. oO WTF thought I was watching big foot playing with a windows phone.

Neowin. Why are you assuming you are looking at a final build? Please explain. No one has been able to explain this.

While we can't understand why Microsoft is holding back the SDK (minus a few select devs) and then limiting press use of devices, their strategy has mostly flopped as the OS has been shown off in detail on video.

You might want to retract that since this is clearly an old build of WP8 and it's generally accepted that MS are keeping features from the OEMs before launch.

In typical MS fashion they will announce all the features we've already seen and pretend they are being presented for the first time, then will be surprised by the tepid response at the presentation.

At this point, there reallys isnt anything they could have hidden that is so groundbreaking that they are still keeping it a secret, just going to be a damp squib of an announcement.

efjay said,
In typical MS fashion they will announce all the features we've already seen and pretend they are being presented for the first time, then will be surprised by the tepid response at the presentation.

At this point, there reallys isnt anything they could have hidden that is so groundbreaking that they are still keeping it a secret, just going to be a damp squib of an announcement.

How do you know? Have you seen the latest build? Microsoft have issued their hardware partners with an older version which more than likely has features and UI changes cut out, Microsoft are good at keeping secrets, we saw that with Surface.

It does not seem that the calendar received any improvement...... quite disappointing.
Also I noted that in the menu list One Note is listed separately from Office.

I only hope you can set multiple APN's manually.
That's my only negative issue with current 7.5 phones, as I buy from one network carrier and run on another.
My carrier uses different APN for MMS and SMS/Data.

deadonthefloor said,
I only hope you can set multiple APN's manually.
That's my only negative issue with current 7.5 phones, as I buy from one network carrier and run on another.
My carrier uses different APN for MMS and SMS/Data.

Yeah thats a good point, they all have different settings, being able to manually change them is needed!

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm still waiting for them to show of something new... lol I sure hope they're holding back on a lot of stuff...

I don't think so, maybe in the next update

Hmm... Based on the designs on HTC's WP8 offerings, I wonder if Microsoft did the right thing is not allowing the former to make a Windows 8 tablet.

WP8 looks at home in HTC (and Nokia) devices.

"....the entire WP8 delivery has been in shambles since the initial (and partial) announcement in June."

Yeah, a real shambles... seeing how it's causing bloggers to froth at the mouth and trip over each other to penetrate the secrecy. Microsoft's approach has done a nice job of keeping the platform in the news so far... Had they dropped everything in June, it would have been old news by July.

Silversee said,
"....the entire WP8 delivery has been in shambles since the initial (and partial) announcement in June."

Yeah, a real shambles... seeing how it's causing bloggers to froth at the mouth and trip over each other to penetrate the secrecy. Microsoft's approach has done a nice job of keeping the platform in the news so far... Had they dropped everything in June, it would have been old news by July.

I would disagree. No real os to work with the bloggers can't get consumers excited. Even Apple releases details before the phone goes on sale.

Even worse is the missing SDK. This is really embarrassing and will prevent them from having anything more than WP7 apps at launch for the cast majority of apps.

@1:41, Attentive phone. Description: allowing it to respond in a natural way. Any clue what that might be? (Maybe a Kinect-like feature)

Wang030 said,
@1:41, Attentive phone. Description: allowing it to respond in a natural way. Any clue what that might be? (Maybe a Kinect-like feature)

This is HTC branding for stuff like flip to speakerphone and etc.

Wang030 said,
@1:41, Attentive phone. Description: allowing it to respond in a natural way. Any clue what that might be? (Maybe a Kinect-like feature)

Thats already on HTC models of WP7. It quiets the ringer when you pick up the phone and if you flip it over, it silences it. Nothing spectacular...

shamburg said,

Thats already on HTC models of WP7. It quiets the ringer when you pick up the phone and if you flip it over, it silences it. Nothing spectacular...

Also will turn on Speaker Phone if you flip it during a call, and notices when it is in a bag or pocket to elevate the volume.

It is not a life changing feature, but rather well done.

Between these features and being able to respond and text without touching the phone, you can get a lot of attention from Android and iPhone users.

A lot of little wows...
*You didn't press a button it stopped ringing
*You just took the phone from your ear and laid on the table and we were all on speaker phone.
*You didn't even have to get up to touch the phone to respond to a person on Facebook/Messenger/SMS.
etc.

Brando212 said,
I like WP8, it just feels a lot more natural than other smart phones IMO

I agree. I'm just hoping a lot of new features come in the WP8 update.

It seems the build on that phone, 9841, is a bit old. The emulator build in the SDK is 9900 and WPCentral has been informed by it's sources that there are even newer builds out there (10119).

I honestly think MS has custom builds on devices and in the SDK that lack many of the features instead of what they did with WP7.5 SDK where they locked the emulator which then got unlocked and let us see everything.

trogenda said,
Not very different from v7.

Exactly what I was thinking... I hope they have more to add than a few new items in the settings menu and some camera filters. At least the apps will be a big improvement. The shared kernal should draw a lot more developers that previously refused to take the leap to Windows Phone.

trogenda said,
Not very different from v7.

I guess most changes are deep inside, I also was expecting some more end-user settings

trogenda said,
Not very different from v7.

Front end design is same. Back end kernel is different. Support for Native code is biggest thing.