Microsoft tonight gave us our first glimpse of Windows Phone 8. Here's how Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft tonight held a Windows Phone Developer Summit in San Francisco. It officially announced Windows Phone 8, while giving developers a clue about some of its new features and showcasing tools for creating apps using the new mobile OS. Visit Windows Phone 8 release date and specs.

We didn't see much in the way of new phone hardware, but this was our first look at the next generation of Windows Phone. In that way, it's a lot like Apple's iOS 6 announcements at WWDC last week (as it happened) - targeted at developers, but interesting for tech enthusiasts.

For a full round up of the details of the Windows Phone 8 launch, visit our story: Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8: details. Or read the Live Blog below, for an understanding of the flavour of the event, and details of the launch.

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