It’s shaping up to be a rather crazy Microsoft week. It’s hardly been two days since Microsoft dropped the bombshell that it’s making its own tablet, and, in roughly an hour — at 9AM PDT, 12PM EDT — Microsoft will be providing a sneak peek of Apollo at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco. If their objective was to take everyone’s mind off of some Google event that’s taking place soon, it appears that they’ve succeeded.
WPCentral has put together a pretty nice list of what to expect at the Summit today; notable things include the long-rumored switch to the Windows 8 (NT) kernel, multiple screen resolutions, better Skype/VOIP integration (perhaps they will also fix the issue of not being able to use the rest of your device while in a Skype call), and an answer to the big question of whether legacy devices will be able to upgrade. They’re saying not to expect any big changes UI-wise; we also have it on good authority that this is the case.
Of course, there are a few other tidbits of rumored Apollo functionality that weren’t mentioned on that list (NFC support, multi-core processor support, enterprise tidbits such as BitLocker and Secure Boot, etc.), but it’s worth noting that Microsoft will probably not reveal everything at this event; it is just a sneak peek after all.
So yes, for emphasis, this is taking place at 9AM PDT, 12PM EDT, and you can watch a live stream of the event on Channel 9 once it begins.