Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer holds a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone during a Windows Phone 8 launch event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to compete in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore unveils Windows Phone 8's Data Sense feature during a product launch at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to regain its traction in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Actress Jessica Alba speaks on stage during the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to regain its traction in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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(L to R) Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Delfiore, CEO Steve Ballmer and actress Jessica Alba hold a smartphone featuring Windows Phone 8 during a product launch at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to regain its traction in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore, right, along with his children (L-R) Alexander, Sydney, and Piper introduce Windows Phone 8's Kid's Corner feature during a product launch at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to compete in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer holds a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone during a Windows Phone 8 launch event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to compete in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore (L) listens as actress Jessica Alba speaks during a Windows Phone 8 product launch at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to regain its traction in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the new Windows Phone 8 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to compete in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Getty Images)
Tue 30 Oct 2012 11:08 AM