In case you missed Microsoft’s 2-hour Windows Phone 8 unveil event yesterday, Microsoft’s got your back. Those interested can now watch the keynote in its entirety at Microsoft’s Channel 9 site. Of course, you’ll have to install Silverlight on your computer, which we know some of you out there aren’t so keen on doing.
The next generation of Windows Phone has a lot of things going for it, with many proclaiming the revamped start menu (the customary live tile screen) as the best home screen of any smartphone platform. Also in the mix are enhancements that bring Microsoft up to date with the latest technology, such as support for multi-core processors, near field communication (NFC), and microSD support. The biggest advantage is obviously the tight integration with Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform, and Microsoft introduced tools that would allow developers to develop for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 simultaneously.
Windows Phone 8 has me excited. I’ve enjoyed the past several weeks with the Lumia 900 as a secondary device, and everyone I’ve taken the time to show the Lumia to walks away impressed with the platform. Sure, it has its shortcomings, but many of those have been addressed and then some with Windows Phone 8, which could give Microsoft the boost it needs to surpass RIM and emerge as a strong 3rd platform in a smartphone market dominated by Apple and Google.
Are you looking forward to Windows Phone 8? Do you think it has a shot to succeed? Let us know in the comments.