Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

Today's the big coming out party for Windows Phone 7, with a gigantic Microsoft event starring Steve Ballmer. We're here live, and you can watch it live too. Update: It's official, Windows Phone 7 launches on November 8.

Steve Ballmer keeps talking about how the point of Windows Phone 7 is that it's "always delightful" and "wonderfully mine." He sounds weird when he says delightful.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

There are nine Windows Phone 7 phones at launch, from Dell, HTC, Samsung and LG to start. We've got them all rounded up right here. And there's 60 carriers you'll be able to grab Windows Phone 7 on all around the world (except Verizon).

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega is announcing the triplet coming to AT&T: the LG Quantum, Samsung Focus and HTC Surround. The Focus sounds like the winner of the group. It's the thinnest Windows Phone in the US, and it's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

And now Joe Belfiore is going to walk us through the final software. (Be sure to check out our exhaustive preview.) Ooo is that a Twitter tile? (Twitter was missing on the preview Windows Phone we had.)

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

In other news, Steve Ballmer has an unfortunate predilection for TGI Friday's. Joe Belfiore wisely decides to skip it, showing us how Windows Phone 7 will help you decide whether or not you should go to Friday's. No, you really shouldn't.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

The Bing voice search is pretty impressive—he yells out a flight number, and it picks it up and drops in all the info. (Well, after a failed first attempt.)

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

The web experience Belfiore's demoing is something Windows Phone 7 really gets right—note-syncing is built-in for free, and you can track down your lost phone using Microsoft's Live service.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

The IMDB application is holy crap nice lookin'.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

Games! Now this is what I'm really excited about. They look pretty good. EA's gonna have a "suite" of titles at launch, like the Sim 3.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

Copy and paste is coming in "early 2011." Wooo.

Windows Phone 7 Launch Live CoverageS

We're wrapping up, so I leave you with this picture of a mesmerized Steve Ballmer. It's the calmest I've ever seen him.