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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 Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2012 3:12:22 PM , Rating: 0
He and Takin pull the same argument about Android. They point out that Android "isn't profitable" for Google, a dubious claim, so therefore the platform is flawed and/or inferior.

Forget the fact that Google is a monstrously profitable tech company, and they don't NEED to make money directly from Android.

MS doesn't need to make money with WP either.

RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Tony Swash on 6/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2012 3:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
why did Google spend $12 billion on Motorola? For fun?

For the patents. Which are worth twice their weight in gold given today's tech industry arms race style buildup.


I guess in your mind Google spends 12 billion because Android isn't making money? That makes sense? 12 billion, with a B ...

Please just stop.

RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By elleehswon on 6/21/2012 1:22:10 PM , Rating: 1
First and foremost, i hope your vacation was enjoyable. Even though your rantings are delusional here regarding what you measure a company by, vacation is vacation.

now, onto my point...

That's it! Time to go back to analog! No more IP! :)

RE: Oh those were the days!!!
By spread on 6/21/2012 1:58:08 PM , Rating: 1
Why then is both Microsoft and Google moving into making their own integrated hardware/software products, why is MS endangering it's precious relationship with it's OEMs

I would guess because those OEMs have been dragging their feet with their crap hardware and poor driver support which makes Microsoft look bad.

why did Google spend $12 billion on Motorola

Patents, maybe hardware capability but mostly patents.

Mobile advertising may never be a substantial business.

That means Google is going out of business. Let's all short Google stock because they are going out of business. You first. You drink your own Kool Aid first and prove it's tasty stuff.

Crazy old man. "Suck my iStick you iDiot." - Steve Jobs

By TakinYourPoints on 6/20/2012 6:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
It is less about the fact that Google doesn't make that much money off of Android. Its more about the fact that Google pulls in way more money advertising on the iPhone and that Microsoft makes more money than Google on the actual hardware.

It's just funny/bizarre is all.

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