Steve Ballmer narrates Windows Phone 8 ad, hints a new Type Cover color?

Microsoft publicly unveiled Windows Phone 8 yesterday. We know that. But it does not happen everyday for the company's CEO, Steve Ballmer, to star in an ad presenting the company's latest smartphone operating system.

Titled "Meet Steve. See his Windows Phone," the video ad takes the man behind one of the most important companies in tech through various Windows Phone 8 features. There is an emphasis on social networking towards the beginning, as is shown by Facebook tiles. It has to be noted that the latter can be integrated in one's Outlook account, which is a neat feature further presented through a continuously updating Messaging live tile. The Mail app also displays similar behavior when Ballmer mentions "So, so, so much advice." Then there's Bill Gates making a short appearance.

Referenced as useful advice, Gates is shown in a live tile which shortly after displays "Consider making purple typecover for Surface" For face-to-face talks Ballmer hints at Skype, which obviously works in tandem with Windows Phone 8.

Following other bits, the video ad ends in a predictable note with a message from Ballmer: "Windows Phone 8 is gorgeous, check it out." The real kicker is the smartphone shown at the end which is HTC's Windows Phone 8x. I'm sure some people might have expected a Nokia Lumia 920, myself included. Now I wonder why he chose the former.

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