Watching the Windows Phone 8 launch event yesterday left me in two minds; some of the features are rather nice, but not exactly mind blowing and the operating system is still very impressive in many ways.
I have never understood why Windows Phone has not caught on and still believe it to be one of the very best mobile operating systems with some definite advantages over iOS and Android. The live tiles do make the icon driven iOS feel somewhat dated and when you spend the time to get used to the way it works, it is hard to step back.
The sheer smoothness, the large screens and almost everything else about the setup is great and Microsoft appears to have struck a good balance between innovation and incrementation with the latest version. I want to try one of these devices and spend a lot of time really getting to know it when it is released to the public and fully expect to enjoy it. It looks as though Windows Phone 8 is a good fit for the smartphone form factor which maybe the latest version of Windows isn't for the Surface or even a desktop.
It also looks as though too much emphasis has been put on bringing the smartphone experience to fixed devices and this is possibly too ambitious and too early for it to work across all, but for now Windows Phone 8 is looking good. Very good. There is one caveat in that all of the devices shown on stage yesterday had the same problem as the original Windows Phones did- they all looked the same...