Updated | Watching the Windows Phone 8 Event

So finally after months waiting, we will finally know what new features the new Windows Phone 8. You can watch the live event here. Next are these new features:

New Live Tiles

  • You can now resize the live tiles small, medium and large, making more space for tiles

New Lock screen powered by Live Apps

  • For example Facebook is allowed to update your lock screen where you can be greeted by the latest photo updates

Skype App

  • Runs always in background and uses really few resources so the battery isn’t drained
  • Terrific video chat

46 out of the top 50 apps will be available on Windows Phone like

  • Temple Run
  • Urbanspoon
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Pandora will include a whole year with no ads

Data Sense

  • Every web page is compressed before sent to the user.
  • It finds wifi hotspots, prefers wifi against 3G  and helps you manage your data usage.
  • With data sense on, you can browse 45% more web pages.

Kids’ Corner

  • You can choose which games you allow your kids to play
  • Swipe left from the lock screen to get to the kids corner
  • And you can stay quite.. while your children are playing safe games
  • Kids can custom tile sizes, change app positions

 Jessica Alba is on the stage 🙂

  • She had an iPhone and switched to Windows Phone.. go Jessica 🙂
  • She has an app of her company on Windows Phone
Rooms in People Hub
  • It gathers a set of people to share the same info together
  • By default there is the Family Room
  • Send private messages and share a location
  • Has a calendar
  • Share notes
  • Good for todo lists between different people
  • It can connect with other platforms, not all of the Rooms experience, but part of it
Photos and Xbox Music
  • Using SkyDrive you can sync all your photos with all your devices
  • Xbox Music syncs all your purchased songs automatically without needing to use cables

 

Now we’ll wait for the devices to come out and try 🙂 My favourite? The Nokia Lumia 920, pictured above. What’s yours?