Finally, today – October 29, Microsoft will release the Windows Phone 8 OS at a special event in San Francisco. As a matter of surprise and to add more colors to the eventful evening, the software giant has lighted up the official Fanbook fan page, which will now also webcast the Windows Phone 8 launch event live on its Microsoft Facebook Page along with official website as it happened during the Windows 8 OS launched, released on October 25.
Apart from Microsoft official web pages, other tech portals that will also showcase the launch event are listed below.
CNET will broadcast the Surface Reception event live.
ITBusiness.cawill live blog the event and also the hands-on coverage of the first hardware to run on Windows Phone 8.
Alternatively try the PCAdvisor to watch the live launch event.
Windows Phone 8 Features
Talking about the new features, Windows Phone 8 OS has a plethora of new features including multi-core processor support, displays with high resolution up to 1280 x 768 pixels at 15:9 aspect ratio and 1280 x 720 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio, support to micro SD card slot for additional memory, NFC connectivity, support to native code for developers enabling them to develop apps easily, in-built Nokia Maps, on-board security options with 128 bit Bitlocker encryption and Secure Boot mode, Skype VoIP application, better camera performance with Lenses – bunch of filters, screenshot capturing capability, fresh new Start screen with more options and lock screen notifications.
What All to Expect?
Further, reports are also claiming that with the official release of Windows Phone 8 event devices including the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X pricing will also be revealed at the event which are anticipated to ship with speedy processors next month. Moreover, experts also believe that changes that leverage the Xbox Live platform will also be disclosed applicable to Windows Phone OS.
With Microsoft already entered the hardware segment of the market with the Surface tablet, which was released alongside Windows 8 OS on October 25 at the Surface Reception event, chances are broad that Microsoft may unveil the Surface-branded handset as the company is reportedly also working on an handset to step into the smartphone arena with their own Suface smartphone.
This can be said, as The Verge report mentioned earlier this month that during an investors call Nokia CEO Steven Elop was asked whether a Microsoft Surface smartphone would be seen as a competitor or welcomed, to which the replied that it would certainly be a stimulant to the ecosystem, and went on stating that they encourage Microsoft, Samsung, HTC or whoever to make investments that spur the ecosystem.
Earlier reports also indicate that Microsoft may be building its own handset that will run on the Windows Phone 8 platform, however, the software giant did not confirm or deny the speculation, but a spokesperson stated that Microsoft, together with its hardware partners, was focused on bringing Windows Phone 8 to the market this year.
However, contrary to that a BGR claimed recently that Microsoft will unveil its smartphone in the first quarter of 2013. However, the report could not confirm the exact time of launch. Also a recent Windows Phone Central report suggested that Microsoft have their Windows Phone hardware ready and that it is in the last stage of development – testing.