Editor's note: This live blog has ended. To replay it, just click on this this link. Or read our related stories on what's been announced: "Windows Phone 8 shipping on new phones this fall;" "Windows Phone 8 OS opens up to multicore processors, NFC;" and "No Windows Phone 8 upgrade for current devices."
If you thought that Microsoft was done making news this week you'd be soundly mistaken.
Yes, it debuted its Surface tablet family at an event in Los Angeles only on Monday, but now on Wednesday, June 20, the software (and I guess now hardware) giant is heading up the California coast to San Francisco for a Windows Phone Developer Summit. CNET will be there to bring you the story live.
Despite its name, this isn't just a developer confab. As CNET's Jessica Dolcourt wrote earlier today, we expect to see the company pull some of the wraps off Windows Phone 8. Code-named Apollo, the next generation of Microsoft's smartphone OS should support, among other things, removable microSD card storage, NFC, new screen resolutions, and multicore processors. And, of course, Windows Phone 8 may look a bit like Windows 8.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has a full list of rumored features, but other highlights include a new Zune PC client software with an update mechanism more akin to ActiveSync and an improved (and desperately needed) Skype app. At this point we don't expect Microsoft to reveal any Windows Phone 8 hardware.
Whatever happens, Jessica, Lynn La, and Josh Lowensohn will be on site at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco to bring you the news. Though the event runs all day, but we'll be live blogging the opening keynote. That begins at Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT and we'll kick off our coverage at 8:45 a.m PT. You can go here to find out where that is in your time zone, as well as set a reminder.
Editors' note: The original version of this story was posted June 19 at 6:28 p.m. PT.