At this point, I think we’ve just about covered all the questions regarding Windows Phone 8. We know the devices. We know which carriers they are going to. And we know that they are launching at some point here in the next few weeks (hopefully). Sure, we’re still missing exact dates in some cases, but if you’re a fan of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, you’ve probably got enough information to hold you over until one of the carriers that hasn’t announced a launch date yet, does indeed announce something.

But, Microsoft’s not trying to just keep the already converted . . . Converted. With Windows Phone 8, they are trying all over again to sweep a mass amount of people into their brand new, ever-expanding ecosystem, which means they have to convince a ridiculous amount of people out in the world to switch from the mobile operating system they are currently using, to Microsoft’s creation.

So, did they succeed?

That’s a loaded question, obviously. We won’t really know how that pans out for Microsoft until well into 2013. Even if we look at the launch numbers for devices like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC or Nokia’s Lumia 920, or any of the other Windows Phone 8-based devices being launched before next year that will only tell a part of the story. It will be next year, when the dust has settled, when we will be able to fully get a grasp on whether or not Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft’s newest mobile operating system, has been able to make a dent in the mobile market.

Just for a second, though, I want to ask you, Dear Reader, if you’re switching to Windows Phone 8. If you follow the mobile industry at all, and you’ve been interested to see how Microsoft’s mobile OS stacks up against the likes of iOS and Android, or if you’ve been thinking about switching for quite some time, then you know what to expect at this point. You know the devices and where they are going, and, after two major events focused specifically on Windows Phone 8 itself, you know what the new software brings to the table.

In all fairness, I think it’s safe to say that Microsoft didn’t really try to blow the lids off a lot of different pots this year. Windows Phone 8 offers plenty of new features, yes, but even after two major events focused on the software, I can’t say that the new software featured anything that spoke loudly for anyone not already using Windows Phone to switch. And that’s the kicker. Did Microsoft create a platform that, based entirely on the new features that they’ve announced, will cause a huge shift from other mobile platforms?

Will someone using iOS see the need to get their hands on Microsoft’s new Family Room feature? Will an Android user give up their laundry list of customization options to pick up a device with more customizable Live Tiles?

More importantly, did Microsoft unveil one feature, or even more than one, that stands out enough to warrant someone running on another mobile OS to switch? Or did Microsoft play this launch of Windows Phone 8 too close to the vest? Was the Redmond-based company focusing too much on the entire ecosystem, and slotting in their mobile OS as just a piece of the much larger puzzle, instead of giving it a feature that makes it genuinely shine on its own?

As a whole, coupled with Microsoft’s Windows 8, and even Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 makes perfect sense. But not everyone is using that set-up. And while Microsoft did show how easy it is to sync your Windows Phone 8-based device with your iTunes library, I’m not sure that’s enough. Syncing is great, but someone running a MacBook Air, along with an iPhone, already has an ecosystem that’s in sync thanks to iCloud. Then there’s Google’s Android, which works with Windows just fine, right out of the box.

So, based on what we know of the platform and the hardware, I want to know if you plan on switching. Sure, you can tell me if you are already using Windows Phone and plan on sticking with Microsoft’s mobile OS, but I’m more curious to hear from those who aren’t already using it. I want to know if Windows Phone 8 “spoke” to you, and convinced you to switch. Let me know!

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Forrest Carmine Cavale
Forrest Carmine Cavale Love it.
Jeremiah Gmiah Millan
Jeremiah Gmiah Millan CUTE not still hasn't convinced me.
Jeff Beyers
Jeff Beyers Does anybody know if the Samsung Odyssey or any of the Windows 8 phones support a stylus for note taking
Mark Lucas
Mark Lucas Fonzzy, only a handful of phones will see Android 4.2 anytime soon since the update system is so broken. What good is showing off a new OS update if the majority of customers will never see it? I'm off that rollarcoaster at the end of my contract.
Tommy Armstrong
Tommy Armstrong Will def upgrade-920 or Verizon htc with wireless charging and Nokia Drive + maps if true
Jose Santos
Jose Santos I'm checking out the lumia 920 but currently I have the Samsung focus
Randall Cloud
Randall Cloud Since no one will let us buy a WP8 device, that's a good question, but from what I have seen, yes, Awesome.
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz only to windows 8 tablet. love android on my galaxy
Bryan Prime
Bryan Prime For those of you who think Windows phone is a phone you give to the elderly, you got it wrong. IPhone is. Android is for the nerds, like me, who want to tinker. But after hundreds of roms, overclock s, and ui tweaka, im bored. I have a Lumia and ya it is not as fun as android, but it is just so fluid and smooth. I have never once had any issues. Iphone is just too simple... Icon, folder, icon ocon icon, folder...zzzzz. Boring. But they work well. The biggest problem with android is you get a whole different experience based on rhe specs of the phone. Dual core Jellybean.. Its smooth.. Single core ics... It has lag.
Rogelio Salas Kiunisala
Rogelio Salas Kiunisala I just love my new Galaxy Note 2
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic windows phone 8 is great , but android is the king
Mark Marcelo
Mark Marcelo Definitely! In fact Im already waiting for the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X to be available here. Im ready to ditch my Android for a Windows Phone.
Francis Short Jr
Francis Short Jr Windows 8 is better equiped for tablets and smartphones
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua But Google just announced Android Version 4.2 why would anyone switch ? Doesn't make sense to me.
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Nope. Android works for me
Chris Robato
Chris Robato Definitely not.
Kenneth Li
Kenneth Li give me JAVA APPLET then I'll switch! I need JAVA APPLET to stream real-time stocks quotes and level ii quotes!
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles I don't really see anything to like . I'm actually more interested in bb10 I think it looks promising .
Jamie Bethell
Jamie Bethell I just don't think I could sacrifice the app selection, i like the look of windows 8 and the way it is but it still has a lot of catching up to do to get up there with Android and Ios, it has the best chance it ever has had before with windows 8, people just need 2 give it a try.
Tony Valadez
Tony Valadez Yup
Erica Joi Payne
Erica Joi Payne personally I feel like Windows phones were created 4 people to give to their parents when they added them to the plans..like when they were teenagers they got the flip or candybar simple call text phone with little to no other uses..the windows phones even with the "apps" they have its just a beginners touchscreen..it shows everything big and right there..so ppl don't have to much searching or do to much customizing..in other words a touchscreen my mom could use but I would never wanna receive I love being able to customize eveything and I love the amount of play store(android market) free apps there are
Alberto Svergiz-Siri Sita
Alberto Svergiz-Siri Sita No. Still in love with iPhone..
Arvind Katiyar
Arvind Katiyar No
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel HTC 8X HERE.
Ben Broyles
Ben Broyles I have a rooted CDMA galaxy nexus and I am finding myself very frustrated and bored with the whole android line up right now. I am giving serious consideration to the new windows phone 8, it looks amazing! Or possibly (and I hate to say it) an apple device.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes I like it, but I love my atrix 2, and I'll be getting one of intels new ultra books with windows 8. Or the surface pro. ;-)
David Gersten
David Gersten If it goes to Sprint!
Jesse Robert Bochek
Jesse Robert Bochek Lance, maybe people want something simple, something free of way too much. Windows Phone takes care of that need.
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes Never
Jesse Robert Bochek
Jesse Robert Bochek I love it, I don't even know what people find so awful with it. At least it doesn't look like it replicated whatever was popular at a time. It's probably the only OS you can look at and immediately go "That's a Windows Phone."
GladisnFidel Jose
GladisnFidel Jose Heck No. Galaxy Note 2 is my ONLY choice!
Camar Green
Camar Green Lol flash on my phone means crap to me now. I don't do much on the net on my phone due to there being an app for most the stuff I need to do. Banking Sport scores MMA news YouTube Facebook. All on my iPhone. Pretty much every phone does that so flash not much of a deal breaker nor is the customize feature. Anyways I wanna see the windows phone in action.
Anna Que
Anna Que Will definitely get one.. Love HTC!!! Windows 8 is a plus..
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock @Jacky On - If THAT is your idea of personalization, then you have much to learn.
Jason Dickman
Jason Dickman Not looking at it for my mobile.
Jason Dickman
Jason Dickman I'm waiting to check user reviews. I'm liking what I see so far. The only negatives I've seen were just people bashing it because they wanted to or it just wasn't for them. I saw a lot of usefulness in what they didn't get.
Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider I would like to if Sprint got it someday
Jacky On
Jacky On @ Ken Gorab: Although I would like to have a background for the actual homescreen, it makes it look inelegant with the design of the tiles. Plus having a background does no good if the tiles cover up the entire page. @ Lance Tomlinson: The amount of marketshare a phone has does not determine whether you like it or not. I liked Android phones back when its market share was way below the iPhone.
Justin Plecko
Justin Plecko As soon as I can get my hands on one I'm dumping my POS Android.
Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis I would love to try the HTC 8X
Mikai GottaBe Chillin
Mikai GottaBe Chillin Never galaxy s ftw
Yumi Faeldo
Yumi Faeldo I like it. But I'm not switching. Not right now.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson No. Why would I leave Android, market leader with 68% of it...why would I leave Android and go to something that has almost none of the market? That's just stupid. Android does everything, and does it better than everyone else while offering more than any other os. Why would anyone walk away from that? On android you can literally make any aspect of the device completely the way you want. Don't like the keyboard? Change it, don't want to click on an app to check weather? Widget. Want to run custom firmware? Sure we offer boot loader unlocked devices. Want to watch flash videos? Sure no problem...and it goes on and on. IOS and windows phone have nothing to offer me, and due to being used to Android and all its freedom, iOS and windows phone dont even feel like smart phones.
Ken Gorab
Ken Gorab @Jacky On I would hardly consider the ability to change the color of the homescreen live tiles, move them wherever you want, or swap the background color between black and white as customizations. While it is good that they give users those options, I think we've all gotten used to having at least the ability to set our own background on a smartphone now, and the fact that it doesn't even allow that is a huge step backward in the customization department. Granted, the notification thing you mentioned seems cool and useful, but not being able to change my background is like buying a car with an 8-track player and manual windows.
Dani Hayes
Dani Hayes Yes.
Arxi Kay
Arxi Kay Updating as soon as possible. And then take my oldie to the shooting range
Keith Go Packers Boror
Keith Go Packers Boror F NO!!!
Vishal Nandre
Vishal Nandre Holy crap...........
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski no.
Dominic Jessup Reid
Dominic Jessup Reid I would if the 920 was offered on multiple carriers. Nokia should do the same thing that Samsung did, of course while not violating a patent. Lol
Tim Terbay
Tim Terbay Na I'm good. GS3. And one thing that I don't like(yall may not care) you can't even put a background on WP8.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels
Zac Hooper
Zac Hooper I've been an android guy since the g1 came out, I'm super curious about wp8, but i doubt it could pull me away. If my app purchases carried over cross platform, i would probably use them both.
Chadi Flyceritops Bouaazzi
Chadi Flyceritops Bouaazzi Nope
Barbie Bisbee
Barbie Bisbee 2 hands up high for jellybean
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos They made a big mistake with the 920. Nokia needed to pull a Samsung and release the phone on the big 4 carriers at once. How do they expect WP8 to succeed like this? HTC is a fine handset yes but Nokia is a bigger name
Selmor B. Reid
Selmor B. Reid Does it handle SIM contacts well now? I do not like the default uploading of my contacts to my Windows Live account. Do not wish to do that...either in phone, via SIM, preferably both but not cloud only. If this along with mass storage mode etc have been fixed I'll get one again as BACKUP but my Android will remain primary.
Patrick Tilsen
Patrick Tilsen Nope
Barbie Bisbee
Barbie Bisbee Didn't care for Window phones ever very problematic - tried IOS6 ALSO A LET DOWN... back to android with my new Galaxy note2
Tariqul Iblis
Tariqul Iblis I love my Titan 2; don't know what to upgrade to.
Peter Bouchard
Peter Bouchard I hope Microsoft crashes and burns
Jacky On
Jacky On @Steve Hartsock: WP8 allows you to change the color of your tiles as well as changing its size and pinning anything you want into the homescreen and placing those tiles wherever you want on the homescreen. You can also change the background between white and black, you can change the lock screen background, including Bing picture of the day background or an HTC background with an HTC phone. The notifications on the bottom of the lockscreen can be customized to any 5 important apps that you want to show up there to notify you. WP8 is the most personal phone because it connects your contacts and social media into one place and you can pin individual persons, groups, or rooms to your lock screen. Yea WP8 doesn't offer ANY personalization right?
Jerry Stephens
Jerry Stephens I just wish AT&T would announce the release date already.
Javier Guajardo
Javier Guajardo yesss! Im getting rhe lumia 920 as soon as it comes out
Chris Kang
Chris Kang I might be switching to Windows Mobile 6
James Matthews
James Matthews Like it? I love it.
David Smith
David Smith Maybe you should not buy a dell! I am sure that is what you have. I upgraded on my Toshiba and I am rolling smooth. Go to Mac. Who cares. The topic is WP8 not Windows 8. Nice read dork.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels
Kartikeya Karnatak
Kartikeya Karnatak windows 8 sucks laptop goes over heated frequently...... windows everytime shows us, why one must choose mac
Jacky On
Jacky On @ Dylan: The Lumia 920 is only exclusive to AT&T for a limited time. It may still come to Verizon if you're patient.
Fernando Xelo
Fernando Xelo They certainly have something new and potentially innovative as far as OS. But dammit I love Android so much, ATM!
Joe Czo
Joe Czo I might. I had the hd7 and I liked it. I'm on Verizon now I might get the 8x or the Samsung ativ
Jp Garmay
Jp Garmay I'm happy with the green guy holding the ice cream sandwhich,.. Lol XD
Dylan Tully
Dylan Tully I'd love to, except Nokia made a huge mistake by not offering the 920 (or at least a variant of the 920) on Verizon. I will still consider the HTC 8X but at this point it doesn't look like a promising phone...
Kyle Mezrahi
Kyle Mezrahi I have a 900 and getting the 920.
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock I left iOS quite a while back and went to Android. WP8 just doesn't offer ANY kind of personalization. So, staying with Android.
Kerri Kershaw
Kerri Kershaw Yes!!
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels cant say im switchin when im comin from an i917 to a 920
Jacky On
Jacky On Typical Phonedog comments. Always anti-microsoft.
Jerry Stephens
Jerry Stephens I'm getting the Lumia 920 as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Ben Pierce
Ben Pierce Heck no. SGS3
Noe Contreras
Noe Contreras iOS is where I'm at from here on
Cathrin OToole
Cathrin OToole No!
Noe Contreras
Noe Contreras No thanks been there done that
Grant Rudolph
Grant Rudolph Quite happy to stay with iOS

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