Introducing Windows Phone 8

Posted on June 21, 2012

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Windows Phone Summit

Three years ago, Microsoft totally changed its approach for phone. The result was Windows Phone 7. Today, 4 out of the top 5 phones in Amazon run Windows Phone. Moving forward, Microsoft has announce its latest offering for phone: Windows Phone 8. Here is a sneak peek at the future of Windows Phone.

Latest and Greatest Hardware. Multi-core processors are utilized, with support of up to 64 cores.  Three screen resolutions will be supported: WVGA (800×480), WXGA (1280×768) and HD/720p (1280X720).  MicroSD cards are now removable, making it more flexible to transfer pictures, music and videos.

Internet Explorer 10. The same IE found in Windows 8 will be the same for Windows Phone 8, allowing developers to make websites easier with better HTML 5 support. SmartScreen filter will also be brought to Windows Phone, making it more secure, and JavaScript is 4x faster than today’s browsers.

Native Code: Killer Games. Windows Phone 8 will have the same core as Windows 8. Apps can be written using XAML/C#, C/C++, or HTML 5, making it easier to port apps from one platform to another. DirectX will be supported, allowing a richer gaming experience for Windows Phone.

Better Sharing with NFC. Near Field Communication (NFC) allows easier way to share content with Tap+Send not only to phones but tablets and other NFC devices as well. Business cards with NFC can be tapped to get contact information. Pairing devices to play games via peer to peer WiFi can also be done with NFC.

The Most Complete Wallet Experience. Wallet Hub organizes your credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, memberships cards, and coupons in a single hub. Third party apps are integrated allowing tap to pay using secure NFC and SIMs as endorsed by GSMA. Buying apps from the Marketplace or purchasing in-app content is also possible with the Wallet Hub.

Windows Phone: Wallet Hub

Nokia Map Technology. With Nokia’s NAVTEQ, more local content is delivered. Offline maps as well as turn by turn directions will also be available to other Windows Phone devices such as HTC, Samsung, and Huawei.

Windows Phone 8 for Business. Company Hub allows line of business app deployments without the need to go through Marketplace. Data encryption via BitLocker and Secure Boot will be available, and managing phones and apps is easier using the same familiar tools for managing Windows PCs.

Windows Phone: Company Hub

The Start Screen. Windows Phone is now more personal.  More Live Tiles can be pinned to Start by resizing them, and more theme colors will be available.

Due to the hardware differences, current Windows Phone devices won’t be updated to Windows Phone 8. However, Windows Phone 7.8 will be available, allowing older devices to get some of the new features from Windows Phone 8 such as the new Start Screen.

Nokia also made some announcements at the Windows Phone Summit.  New apps for the Nokia Lumia will be available on June 22, while software update will be available on June 27.  This software update will bring Internet sharing, Flip-to-Silence, and media streaming from your phone.  I will blog about these developments for next week’s post.

Nokia Updates at the Windows Phone Summit

For the replay of Windows Phone Summit, head over to Channel 9.

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