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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