Posted by | Posted in Smartphones News | Posted on 20-06-2012
During today’s Windows 8 Phone summit, Joe Belfiore, Corporate vice president Microsoft Corporation took the stage to get granular about exactly we can expect, as end users and developers, with Windows Phone 8.
Belifore wanted to highlight that Microsoft is "altering our approach to how we worked with hardware vendors."
Adding that, "while the heart of the operating system was based on windows CE, the future of Windows Phone is about a shared Windows core that’s common between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8."
This feature has the most potential because it makes it much simpler for developers to port Windows 8 desktop apps to Windows Phone 8.
Since, the two are essentially running the same OS that uses the same kernal for networking, file structure, multimedia, and graphics.
Windows Phone 8 up against the big boys
Belfiore then shared a slide that showed that "the Windows kernal which is in use today is used by over 1.3 billion people today." Where Windows Phone suffered compared to iOS and Android when it comes to the number of available apps.
Opening the Windows Phone Marketplace to numbers thise huge means that Windows Phone may not continue to lag so far behind iOS and Android.
While previous versions of Windows Phone were designed for single-core processors, Microsoft hopes that a shared windows core will accelerate innovation. Because Windows Phone 8 scales well, Microsoft hopes that this will result in a wide array of phones.
Described by Belfiore as "efficient for the eco system" he then went on to talk about 8 new platform announcements:
No.1: Windows Phone 8 will support "the latest and greatest hardware: specifically multi-core chipsets." To that end Microsoft has been focussing on multi-core devices for this fall. Additionally, Windows Phone 8 will support three screen resolutions: WVGA (800×480 15:9), WXGA (1280×768 15:9), 720p (1280×720 16:9) as well as removable MicroSD support (photos, music, videos, installing apps).
No.3: Native Code. Since Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 share a common platform, Microsoft hopes that this will make it much easier for game developers to port their Windows 8 games easily to Windows Phone 8. Especially since "native game developmet is based on DirectX."
No. 4: Better sharing with NFC. Connecting your Windows Phone 8 devices to other Windows 8 devices, like PCs and slates should now be much simpler.
No.5: Windows Phone 8 aims to have the most complete wallet experience on any smart phone this fall. Belfiore demoed his prototype Nokia phone with credit and debit cards, loyalty and membership cards, and access to saved deals. And while every Windows Phone will include the Wallet Hub, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are working with Isis to bring more wallet experiences to the states.
No. 6: Windows Phone 8 will include Nokia Map Technology. Taking full advantage of global NAVTEQ map data, Nokia Map Technology also has offline map support, turn-by-turn directions.
No.7: Windows Phone 8 for business. Businesses have been reluctant to adopt Windows Phone in enterprise environments. That said, based on the shared Windows core, Windows Phone 8 benefits from improved encryption and secure boot, LOB (line of business) app development, device management, and Office apps.
No. 8: They changed the start screen with Windows Phone 8. Starting with live tiles, the start screen is siginificantly more customizeable. Users can now make tiles different sizes. Belfiore showed off windows phone 8 using a prototype Nokia device where he easily made more important tiles larger and less important tiles smller. To echo Terry Myerson, who spoke first, this goes a long way toward giving Windows Phone 8 users a truly personalized start sreen.
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