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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: Oh those were the days!!!
By MrBlastman on 6/20/2012 2:33:05 PM , Rating: 1
First the slate and now this, I'm thinking you are possibly correct. The ability to run PC software on a tablet or phone wins me over immediately. "Apps" become pointless overnight. There's so much software already out there, why bother waiting for something to be made when it has already been done?

Okay, there are some neat apps that don't exist as software but it is a matter of time.

When I do something on my desktop, the last thing I want to do is screw around with trying to adapt it to a portable device. Now, with these, I don't have to.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By B3an on 6/20/2012 2:51:59 PM , Rating: 2
Err you cant run desktop software on WP8 though. Why would you even want to?! How could you possibly control or navigate desktop software on a tiny screen using touch? That would be amazingly awkward. On a Win 8 tablet it's fine because you have a larger screen but more importantly you can simply connect any mouse of keyboard.

It should be a lot easier for devs to port over their Metro style Win 8 apps though. If it is then i can see the WP8 app store suddenly getting a ton more apps.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By MrBlastman on 6/20/2012 3:00:17 PM , Rating: 1
It isn't so matter a matter of "why would I want to," but instead, it is more a matter of, "I can."

I like options and flexibility. I don't like being shackled to a platform like... ahem, *cough* the app store.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By xdrol on 6/21/2012 6:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
You still can't.

First, different architecture. The phone/tablet will be ARM, the desktop will be x86/x64. It's not just a matter of re-compiling with ARM target: If your code has assembly or intrinsics, happy rewriting.

Second, in WinRT, 80+% of the previous API is gone. (One can safely assume WP8 is the same as tablet-Win8 - AKA WinRT - with some restrictions.) There is just a completely new API that not even exist in Win7. If your application is a bit more complex than a stone (and why wound it not - I'd use a stone in that case..), happy rewriting.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Digimonkey on 6/21/2012 10:10:46 AM , Rating: 2
Did you miss the Surface announcement where MS showed off an intel based tablet with Windows 8 Pro? That product directly addresses the issue of running software you'd normally run on a desktop/laptop but on a tablet.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By MrBlastman on 6/21/2012 11:31:41 AM , Rating: 2
Reading is not a pre-requisite to be a fanboi. Only a blatant disregard for facts and buying in to hype is needed to join the club!


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Ramstark on 6/20/2012 6:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well, clearly you aren't a WP user, do your know it has Office? I have used Powerpoint since I have the phone, as well as Excel some times...Neither of them are painful to use in my horribly small LG900...


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By BillyBatson on 6/20/2012 11:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of us would actually want. It might not always be the ideal situation but being able to run certain things on the go vs. not being able to at all or having to rely on an app form, is a big plus. I've connected to my home PC remotely from my 3.5" iPhone many times.... It's not ideal both I've both wanted to and have had to do this to access files.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By elleehswon on 6/21/2012 1:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
though i see some benefits, my concern is "do you really want to use something at an enterprise level that's built to work on a phone.?" from a functionality standpoint, you can't expect much.


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