Windows Phone 8 Event on Heels of Windows 8 Launch - The UpStream

Windows Phone 8 Event on Heels of Windows 8 Launch

posted Friday Oct 19, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Windows Phone 8 Event on Heels of Windows 8 Launch

Microsoft is making October a month to remember. This week marked the official debut of Xbox Music on the Xbox 360. The launch comes along with the release of the Fall update to the Xbox LIVE dashboard, introducing Internet Explorer, among others, to the console. October 26th will bring the launch of Windows 8 as well as their entry into computer hardware, Microsoft Surface, complete with Office 2012. This launch also comes along with Xbox Smartglass, Microsoft's Xbox companion for windows 8.

In an attempt to ensure every major Microsoft property is represented this month, three days after the official launch of Windows 8, Microsoft will be holding a press event to show off more of what we can expect for Windows Phone 8. We are expected to really get our hands on the much anticipated Nokia and HTC Windows Phones, as well as hopefully see what Samsung and other have planned.

What I am hoping for is a demonstration of the new Xbox Music for Windows Phone as well as the integrations with Windows 8. I also desperately want to hear a date - any date - mentioned. It could be a pre-order date or the official launch date. I want to see handsets on all 4 major networks (we know of Nokias for both AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as rumor of a Lumia 822 for Verizon), with a better selection than those of the initial launch of Windows Phone 7. If Microsoft and their partners are smart, they will have at least one handset from each manufacturer on each network to ensure no one is left out.

What are you hoping to see from Microsoft at the event? Let us know in the comments section.

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