Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore kicked off the Windows Phone 8 launch by showing off some of the features from the Windows Phone Summit, such as the new and improved live tiles. He also touted the 120,000 apps and doubled language support for the OS.

Unlike other platforms, Windows Phone is about people. And the live apps allow you to stay up-t0-date and in a personalized fashion. One of the biggest improvements is the redesigned lock screen, which allows apps to change the background and notifications. The new Facebook app, for example, will be able to show your friends’ photos directly on your lock screen.

What apps will you be able to use? New additions include Temple Run, Urban Spoon, updated Skype, updated Twitter, updated Facebook, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Space, Where’s My Water?, Jetpack Joyride, and Pandora. Pandora will be released in early 2013 and include one year of free music without any ads.

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