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Microsoft MWC event liveblog - 8.30 a.m. CET!

It's time. MWC officially opens the show floor this morning and Microsoft is first out of the box with an early morning press event. We'll be on hand to cover it all live, and we're bringing you with us. So put on a pot of coffee, grab some breakfast, and join us in the liveblog below!

Everything kicks off at 8.30 a.m. local time, which is 7.30 a.m. GMT, 2.30 a.m. Eastern so for anyone in Europe and anywhere west it's a real early start. If you're wanting to find out when it is in your time zone, use this handy converter

So strap in and join us! We'll be blogging the whole thing live but if you want to watch along with us, the video feed is embedded below.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

128 Comments
  • Good to see that you all are working hard to bring us best of the best tech news.
    Cheers!
  • I took a nap a few hours ago so I would be awake to watch this! I'm more interested in the other things besides the 640 and 640 XL, if there is anything else.
  • What's wrong with you?
  • 1.00pm in India. Will keep watching windows central from office
  • Hey thanx man.. Got confused with that converter
  • Thanks man
  • I will be in office... )':
  • Damn I would have to use my phone quitely inside the classroom ^^
  • 4:30am where I live :/ need to go to school just 1 hour after. Today I won't sleep :P
  • Its 12:30pm actually
  • Its at 1 PM IST Rajat....
  • How is that possible? I have never in my life heard of a time-zone being 30 minutes different from it's neighbooring timezones...
  • 7:30 am GMT is 12:30 pm IST. Ask Cortana, she will tell
  • Keep on refershing twitter and windows central in office.
  • Hey gr8 idea..bro tysm..(:
  • Thanks man :) will be watching it
  • Waiting....
  • No high end Lumia... High end Lumia maybe only September this year, very long awaited....
  • Polaroid wp/Android camera specs. Not what I was expecting for a brand once know for instant photos
  • What?
  • Look on CNET
  • Oh, I see what you mean now lol. ICYMI, Polaroid hasn't been actually making things for a while now and just license out their name. I guarantee you that those phone have absolutely nothing to do with Polaroid. I remember a few months back, Windows Central ran a story about a Polaroid branded Windows phone.
  • Yeah I think I remember reading that as well now that you mention it
  • 1020 successor please with a bigger screen thanx :D... I suggest from insomnia so I should still be awake here in NY 2:30am
  • So not happening.
  • Dan we can dream!
  • Hahaha ;P
  • Too bad for MS missing out on headlines.
  • I'll be at school :| I won't watch it :'(
  • Ha same
  • where to watch this again?
  • Where I can stream this?
  • Microsoft conversation blog..
  • Link?
  • http://news.microsoft.com/event/mobile-world-congress/
  • So jealous with the new premium Samsung galaxy s6 edge technology and design... I wonder if next high end Lumia can beat that Samsung phone..???
  • They dont give us denim update ... and u think have a chance to beat Samsung?
  • +upvoted
  • Samsung doesn't deserve to compete with Microsoft (Nokia).
  • What edge technology? Are you talking about them ripping off the iPhone AGAIN with the edge of the new s6, or the s6 edge, which is horrible? It looks cool but I can't wait to see all the scratched up phones laden with fingerprints.
  • At least Samsung is giving their customers new high end options.
  • Yes, at least that.
  • MS is fcking their phones ,, Nokia was way better at innovation .. Long back it was rumored that Nokia would be making a similar design as the Edge one by Samsung ... And honestly s6 with the VR enhancement is actually pretty good ... MS needs to seriously understand that it needs to stop acting as a software company and get on the hardware as well ...
  • I hate android, but the new samsung galaxy s6 design and technology so cool for me. And i think next High End Lumia will never beat this samsung... :(
  • Lol... Next Lumia is going to have Snapdragon 810. S6 doesn't have that. And you can bet your ass the camera is gonna be stellar.
  • It's not just the processor that counts .. And we will have to see what happens with the camera ,.., my point is simply MS hasn't contributed much to innovation of the hardware
  • That's why they need a surface phablet, kickstand included. Maybe soften the corners a bit but that would be my dream phone.
  • the next Lumia should be productive like the surface. exclusive feature of productivity.
  • They better give a date when Windows 10 is coming out for the next batch of phones. Guess I'll be up so I can find out for myself, it'll only be 11:30 PM on the west coast.
  • Yes dude I m eagerly waiting for the windows 10 for my Lumia 1520
  • Yea even I want w10 for my 520
  • I don't know why Ms are delaying this much in providing windows 10 tp to the high end phones ...then what is the use of buying these phones ..I thought I would be using the update for my Lumia first but sorry I can't s denim update was also received the last four my Lumia 1520
  • 1730 my time... Will be there from here.
  • They might demo phones with windows 10. But will come with 8.1 I'm guessing.
  • How long will the event be?
  • 3 days
  • I meant the Microsoft Press Event
  • Idk
  • Nokia's one last year was about 30-40 minutes, so expect that.
  • Hmm
  • Lol Lumia cannot beat android man! Be practical! Only if the upcoming OS brings something new !! Or something close to android 5.0 :/
  • Lollipop is slower than kitkat. Think windows phone 8.1 have enough features to make Lumia smart enough. Windows 10 could make it better.
  • ? Windows 8.1 is already better than Lollipop
  • Sure
  • Lol
  • Wp7 is better thn GB, wp8 is better thn JB, WP8.1 Is better thn kitkat, w10 will ne better thn lolipop
  • Fool in android u are under full risk of data been stollen whereas in windows u r safe ...and coming to the app all the imp app are now available in store than android and today every brand has launched android which is today an odd topic but being a windows owner is proud feel ..an coming to the technology windows I far better than android ....
  • For all those looking for the webcast.
    http://news.microsoft.com/event/mobile-world-congress/
  • Wtb customization dude!
  • They probably show early prototype not finalized design for flagship to keep users excited about something until October November
  • So soon?
  • Same here will be in office. But I will be streaming it live ;) 100mbps ftw !
  • 1mbps here lol
  • 11:30pm (Sunday) PST
    2:30am (Monday) EST You're welcome.
  • Nice one
  • An hour ahead of us in the UK not long this end then
  • I used Bing to convert timezone by typing "GMT 7 30 AM " :P
  • Curious to see what more they'll be bringing to Windows 10 for phones. So far from what I've seen on it I'm not too excited except for the new keyboard additions, but its far too early yet to make assumptions. I have faith that they'll throw out some interesting features.
  • Try This link. http://news.microsoft.com/event/mobile-world-congress/
  • T-15 (that would be minutes)
  • I'll be hiding in work following it all lol
  • Maybe Snapchat could be spoken of?
  • Bah, my phone can't stream it :/
  • hope to see some good announcements on windows 10 as well... go Microsoft
  • I guess there won't any flagship announced today... else Daniel would there covering this event...
  • Your faith in me is overwhelming.
  • Hey no... Not like that... You are doing a good job... Keep going...!!! :D
  • Lol...
  • Lol!
  • In my guess , Microsoft is hiding their flagship , and tries to suprise us , like he did with HoloLens ) Let's hope 
  • I'm just hoping for some news to excite many about the platform, shoot even a single out of the box phone design and update, anything, for the love of all that is survivability, present some competitive stuff/news/info. 
  • 2:23 EST over here ~
  • For the love of my 1020 we need something high end. Too many low end phones.
  • Stream is not working.
    Windows 10 preview for phones on Internet Explorer.
  • For me to now
  • http://news.microsoft.com/event/mobile-world-congress/
  • 15.00 or 3.00 PM on Demak
  • 1040
  • 1030
  • But Richard for the sake of a good article you better explain what is MWC...not everybody knows it
  • Not long now!
  • Elop sounds a lot like Ms. Garrison.
  • Watching live.
  • Get ready:
    1. Did not present any high end Lumia
    2. Did not update us anything on Windows 10 tech preview for phones
    3. No new build for Windows 10 for PC
  • Um PC? It's a mobile presentation. Wouldn't expect that.
  • It's okay nothing to look forward to anyways.
  • Tablets are also PCs.
  • No w10 for phones? Damn wtf
  • w00t Cyan :)
  • Super excited for mid range 5 inch Lumia.....Greetings everyone !!
  • Yeah I'll just watch the recorded stream in the morning
  • Yeah I am watching the live stream now
  • Lumia 640 announced
  • Cyan is back
  • Waiting to see new hardware from MS...besides no flagship in a long time, so this could be it *fingers crossed*
  • 640XL looks pretty good. Looks like specs were spot on to rumours too.
  • Ugh, FINALLY they let you edit the email you're responding to.  Also, still not clear whether tapo left to multi-select email is still possible. It would be cool to multi select, and THEN swipe to delete all. 
  • Wait, did they just demo a bluetooth keyboard for the phone? I missed it..
  • They totally did... I wanna see more of that keyboard.
  • Nice, instant feature search on the Word toolbar. Finally. Hope they also have that in the ribbon customizer!
  • I am waiting for an article what windows central will publish once everything gets over!
  • Cant seem to find a way to stream it on my Lumia.. :(
  • I would totally watch Netflix on Hololens while doing the dishes.
  • No new flagship phone
  • Just ask cortana whats the time in Barcelona
  • nothing exciting
  • No one is interested in windows phone except few windows phone users and some of few windows hpne users are going to leave windows phone platform. Someday, MS employees will be most of all windows phone users so they have to hire lots of new employee to sell more few hundred windows phone.
  • Anyone catch this at 18:26. "I don't like my cortana"