The website Pocketnow has come out with some exclusive details about Windows Phone 8 – the next version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Operating System.

Hardware

Windows Phone 8 or Apollo is rumored to be adding support for multiple processors, more screen resolutions (rumored 4) and removable MicroSD storage capabilities. In addition, Microsoft is reported to be racing to include NFC functionality and tap to share capabilities.

Integration

This is the main selling point here.

  • The kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia  areas will see heavy overlap with the Windows 8 client. This should allow developers to resuse substantial amounts of their code.
  • Microsoft is reportedly scrapping Zune integration (obviously).
  • There will be extended integration with not just the Xbox but with the Windows 8 client and Skydrive.

Some other choice quotes:

One of the main highlights of the overview was a feature called DataSmart, which aims to reduce, and simplify the tracking of, data usage. Besides providing a breakdown of data consumption, as other platforms already do, Windows Phone 8 will actively attempt to give Wi-Fi connections precedence, going so far as to automatically connect to carrier-owned WLANs when in range. To that end, the Local Scout feature of Bing Maps will enable the real-time location of nearby hotspots. Data usage will also be made glanceable thanks to a live tile.

Perhaps most interesting is Windows Phone 8’s planned use of a proxy server to feed pages to InternetExplorer 10. Like Opera Mini and the Skyfire of old, this service uses server-side compression to reduce the amount of data required to view websites — in this case, by a claimed 30%.

Enterprise Integration

Microsoft will be pushing security to the enterprise with native 128 bit Bitlocker encryption.

It’s safe to say that Windows Phone Mango was a temporary fix for the Windows Phone line while Microsoft will really work hard to make their case with Windows Phone 8.

The idea for 2012 is clearly making Windows 8 a unified platform with Windows Phone integrated with the Windows 8 Client, Windows Server 8 and Windows 8 Tablets.

2012 will be fun – stay tuned.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Thescorpion 06

    Would Windows 8 be available for phones running Windows Mango?

  • Yossi Cohen

    we don’t even have wp7 in israel yet and they are making 8?

    all of these “features” are basic stuff that should have been in wp7 in the first place…
    so it’s more like windows 7.5.1(7.5 is already out isn’t it?) or 7.75…