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Current Windows Phone 7.x users will have to make do with Windows Phone 7.8

Microsoft may be down in the single-digits when it comes to worldwide smartphone market share, but the company is not going to sit by on the sidelines while the competition from Apple and Google pass it by. Today at the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft announced the follow-up to Windows Phone 7.5 -- Windows Phone 8.

While Windows Phone 7.x is based on Windows CE, Windows Phone 8 shares its NT kernel with PC-oriented Windows 8 operating system. Thanks to the shared codebase, developers won't have to do "double duty" developing programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone, introduces Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 will support dual-core processor at launch, and quad-core support will come at a later date (Windows Phone 8 can theoretically support up to 64 cores
). In addition, Windows Phone 8 will support three screen resolutions: 800x480, 1280x768, and 1280x720. Although we question the need for both of the latter screen resolutions, we'll give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Other features include microSD support for removable storage (movies, videos, photos, apps), VoIP/Skype integration, in-app purchases, Internet Explorer 10 (complete with anti-phising technology), native NFC support, and a mobile Wallet Hub to store credit/debit cards, and deals/offers, (it sounds quite a bit like Apple's Passbook from iOS 6). Nokia's NAVTEQ mapping technology will also be built-in to Windows Phone 8 including offline maps. Another new feature, Tap+Send, allows users to "bump" phones to share data. However, we've seen this functionality before in Android devices.

Customizable tiles in Windows Phone 8
The biggest change announced is a revamp of the Start screen and the Live Tiles system. Microsoft is now giving users the ability to completely control the Start screen and resize tiles to make their phones more personal. For example, if the Pictures hub is most important to you, you can resize the tile to make is take a huge portion of your screen while at the same time reducing the size of tiles that don't interest you as much.

Microsoft also made it official that current smartphones running Windows Phone 7.x will not be getting an upgrade to Windows Phone 8. While some functionality will make its way into Windows Phone 7.8 (like the new customizable Start screen), you'll have to purchase a brand new smartphone to get the full Windows Phone 8 experience.

Source: Microsoft

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RE: Right
By quiksilvr on 6/20/2012 1:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. I was hoping the announcement would be that Windows Phone 7 and 8 will be discontinued and instead all future Windows Phones will run Windows RT with the metro interface (kinda like how Android 4 works)

RE: Right
By geddarkstorm on 6/20/2012 1:12:18 PM , Rating: 1
I had thought that was the direction they were going too; and it would have been a good one. But this is more like... Windows Phone 7.6

What a missed opportunity.

RE: Right
By Flunk on 6/20/2012 1:47:05 PM , Rating: 3
Realistically, Windows Phone 8 is a version of Windows RT with a downsized interface. The Apps will be cross compatible (although enabling it might be up to devs).

RE: Right
By quiksilvr on 6/20/2012 2:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well that's good to hear...except the whole "screw our early adopters" approach, leaving ALL Windows Phone 7 users with phones that will never get Windows Phone 8.

RE: Right
By theapparition on 6/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: Right
By kleinma on 6/20/2012 2:31:42 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah versus apple giving you the latest iOS on your old ass iPhone so it runs even shittier than it did before. And the update is packed with features your old iPhone doesn't even support. Basically forcing you to upgrade by degrading the quality of your existing phone. Or how about android? So fragmented it's a crap shoot how long the phone you get will receive updates, and ends up with with a hugely fragmented set of apps that don't work on your device. Go with one of those options. They are much better.

RE: Right
By retrospooty on 6/20/2012 3:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
regardless, you buy a phone today for the features it has today, not for an OS that may come in the future. Anyone that feels entitled to a next gen OS update on an old phone should really take some pills and come back down to reality. If your phone doesnt do what you want it to do, why did you buy it?

RE: Right
By Pirks on 6/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: Right
By Pirks on 6/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: Right
By StevoLincolnite on 6/20/2012 5:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think we have just been spoiled in PC land.
It's not unusual to get an OS upgrade on a 10 year old system which brings with it new functionality.

RE: Right
By Arsynic on 6/20/2012 2:44:55 PM , Rating: 3
Or MS could just do like Apple and call the new update "8" instead of "7.8" whilst leaving out features just so the dummies wouldn't feel left out...

Face it, iOS 5 on the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4S are two different experiences yet, all iDiots keep saying, "Yay! Apple is so benevolent that they gave even the old devices the iOS 5 update." But if they called it iOS 4.8, they would say, "Booo! Apple is abandoning us!"

The tech cock-measuring has to stop.

RE: Right
By corduroygt on 6/20/2012 6:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
The 3GS gets many features of iOS5, and most importantly, most apps are still compatible with it whereas WP7 only gets the start screen and nothing from the kernel and WP8 apps will not be compatible for the most part with it.

RE: Right
By phryguy on 6/20/2012 9:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, all still currently sold iPhones (3GS, 4 and 4S) all will get iOS 6. However, the older models won't get all the features the 4S gets.

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