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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 FITCamaro on 6/20/2012 1:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
Have you actually used Windows Phone yet Reclaimer?

I actually am a bit fond of it. It's snappy and clean cut.

Now programming for it....I like Android better.

RE: Right
By Brandon Hill on 6/20/2012 1:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I prefer the interface of Windows Phone 8 to Android and iOS. It's just that the app support isn't there yet IMHO.

RE: Right
By geddarkstorm on 6/20/2012 1:24:21 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one who finds it sad that suspicions were correct, and that Microsoft will not be upgrading phones with WP7 to WP8? Talk about giving all those Lumia 900 buyers a cold shoulder.

RE: Right
By Flunk on 6/20/2012 1:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes, I have an HTC HD7 that's about a year old and I feel quite annoyed. Phones should at least get 3 years of updates. To be out in the cold after just over a year is annoying, if i had just bought this phone I would be furious.

Based on sales of my Windows Phone apps I think I'm going to move to cross-platform development and based on this, it looks like Android is going to become my top platform now.

RE: Right
By geddarkstorm on 6/20/2012 2:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of cross platform, Mono looks really interesting--letting you do C# and .Net development for WP, Android, and iOS. Android apps made with Mono's C# are supposedly significantly faster than java Android apps (Xobot is a project working on porting all of Android into C#). It's pretty expensive though, and no idea if that's anything like what you use, but I think it's kinda cool.

RE: Right
By Mitch101 on 6/20/2012 5:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't. Were going to get 7.8 most likely well optimized for the single core phones. It should be fine for everything except high end game engines because Microsoft is allowing developers to do native code. in WP8.

This is a much better option than them giving us 8.0 and us having the performance of the single core be a bad experience when we download a game that's too much for a single core. Still I dont need to play Crysis on my phone.

Talk to the iPhone people the experience was bad getting the iOS update it made their phones sluggish at times.

My contract will be up a few months after the WP8 phones arrive. Most likely my carrier will have some upgrade deal if not Im free in just a few more months. No biggie.

RE: Right
By TakinYourPoints on 6/20/2012 8:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Right
By corduroygt on 6/20/2012 3:23:56 PM , Rating: 3
It's even more ironic that they called other phone owners (presumably Android), "beta testers" in their commercial. Who are the real beta testers now?

RE: Right
By TakinYourPoints on 6/20/2012 11:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, egg on their face bigtime for that one. Sticking with a certain level of SoC for so long really bit them.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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