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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 Taft12 on 6/20/2012 2:37:37 PM , Rating: -1
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It is a company built and used to market products later in the game, but win with them.


I can see you don't live in the same reality as the rest of us, but MS hasn't won ANYTHING since the desktop OS, office suite and Exchange.

Has Xbox even recouped its R&D and RROD losses yet?


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By B3an on 6/20/2012 2:59:54 PM , Rating: 3
Xbox - Best selling console for over a year in western countries. And best online experience by miles.

Kinect - Fastest selling consumer electronics device ever . Is in the guinness book of records for this.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By corduroygt on 6/21/2012 8:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
Xbox is only the best selling console in the US and UK.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By poi2 on 6/21/2012 9:57:50 AM , Rating: 2
Kinnect is good man . . .
It is a good product man . . .

Do you have RROD somewhere in your brain ?


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Smilin on 6/21/2012 10:25:44 AM , Rating: 2
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Has Xbox even recouped its R&D and RROD losses yet?


Years ago, holy crap man. Your rock is under a rock.

Put consoles, accessories, and game licenses to the side for a moment and just think about this: There are about 25 million people paying $60 a year for XBL Gold. That's a money faucet.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Taft12 on 6/22/2012 1:00:05 PM , Rating: 1
According to MS's SEC filings the Xbox 360 has a net loss of ~$1 billion, including Live subscriptions. The lifetime net loss for the franchise is $5 billion.


RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By karlostomy on 6/23/2012 3:04:50 AM , Rating: 3
Link?

If you have no valid link to support your conclusions, other posters will be forced to conclude that you are trolling.


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