HTC, Microsoft, and Verizon came together this morning to announce one of the most high-profile Windows Phone handsets we’ve heard about in a while, the One M8 for Windows. We’ve already taken an in-depth look at this release, comparing its hardware against the cream of the WP crop, talked about what the phone means for the companies involved, and shared with you some pics of the hardware in action. Now we’re taking our experience with the One M8 for Windows to the next logical level, bringing you a video hands-on with the new smartphone.

We’ve seen the base M8 hardware before, so instead we turn an eye to what makes this new release different. That starts on the outside, with this new Windows Phone and Verizon branding, before extending to the software within, bringing us new WP features like Cortana alongside HTC standards like BlinkFeed. We even take a look at some of the apps Verizon has pre-loaded on the phone.

Is this flagship going to have what it takes to change your opinions about Windows Phone? Did HTC, Microsoft, and Verizon make some smart decisions when putting this hardware and software package together? Watch on to check out the smartphone for yourself, and then let us know your own thoughts in the comments.

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