Windows Phone 8 will have a Shared Windows Core

At the Windows Phone Developer Summit 2012, Microsoft is laying out details about Windows Phone 8 codenamed Apollo.

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Some of the details:

  • Windows Phone 8 “this holiday” will ship with a “shared core” with Windows 8 (no surprise).
  • That means a bunch of stuff: kernel, networking, multimedia, driver support will be shared between the two platforms.
  • Hardware wise, this should mean a wider ranges of form factors, price points, and capabilities.
  • Manufacturers will be able to re-use the same hardware drivers they build for Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core chipsets – Dual core and many more.
  • New Windows Phone 8 resolutions – 800 x 480 15:9, 1280×768 15:9, and 1280×720 16:9
New Windows Phone 8 resolutions

New Windows Phone 8 resolutions

  • All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on all of the resolutions without any changes – backward compatibility with apps.
  • Removable microSD supported.
  • IE 10 will be built in.
IE 10 Windows Phone 8

IE 10 Windows Phone 8

  • This will have a common platform with Windows 8: DirectX and graphics drivers.
  • Developers should be able to port games between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with minimal rewriting.
  • Windows Phone 8 will have a mobile wallet and support NFC.
Windows Phone 8 Wallet

Windows Phone 8 Wallet

  • Microsoft working closer with mobile operators are putting the secure NFC element on the SIM itself instead of the phone. This is a different approach from Google who put NFC in the device directly.
  • Every Windows Phone will include the wallet hub.
  • Orange France will be first with secure SIMs, but Microsoft is working with other carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are working with ISIS. Microsoft has been working with ISIS
  • Windows Phone 8 will include Nokia’s mapping technology.
  • It will use NAVTEQ data, offline map support, map control for developers, and turn-by-turn directions.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support encryption (he mentions BitLocker), secure boot, LOB App deployment, Device Management, and Office.
Windows Phone 8 for business

Windows Phone 8 for business

  •  Enterprise IT managers can use the same tools they use to manage PCs to manage phones.
  • The Start Screen has changed. More information can fit on the screen.
  • Three sizes of tile – Large “double-wide,” standard medium, and small.
Windows Phone 8 home screen

Windows Phone 8 home screen

  • For graphics, it uses hardware-accelerated Direct3D.
  • For networking, WP8 will support IPV6, NFC, and “Improved Bluetooth” support.
  • “Developers can now share more code,” including native code and .NET code.
  • Windows Phone 8 will have shared components.
Windows Phone 8 shared components

Windows Phone 8 shared components

  • Shared APIs between Windows 8 and Windows PHone 8: graphics, audio, media, file system, networking, input, commerce, base types, and sensors.
  • A new SQL engine is now in play – SQLite
Windows Phone 8 SQLite

Windows Phone 8 SQLite

  • Skype calls feel just like a regular cell calls — Skype can be fully integrated and feel like a phone call.
  • Background Location is the next multitasking feature. Apps that use location can run in the background.
Windows Phone 8 Multitasking background location

Windows Phone 8 Multitasking background location

  • Visual Studio 7.5 will support developing for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 apps.
  • Developers can use XAML with C#/VB code, native C++/C, and HTML5 code — and they can mix and match any and all of the above however they wish.
  • Advice for developers who want to write for both Windows 8 and WP8: use XAML for apps, Direct3D with C++/C code for games.
  • Microsoft announces the Company Hub, which is a custom app each company can build for various stuff they want to distribute to employees.
Windows Phone 8 Company Hub

Windows Phone 8 Company Hub

Six major things to remember:

  1. Faster hardware
  2. Games
  3. Improved multitasking
  4. Talking with apps
  5. In-app purchasing
  6. Enterprise Integration

More..

  • All WP8 software updates will be over the air.
  • Every WP8 will get at least 18 months of software support after launch.
  • Microsoft will let “registered enthusiasts” get the updates early.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Windows Phone 8 will not run on existing devices.

Current Windows Phone users will get some updates.

  • They will get a refreshed home screen with Windows Phone 7.8
  • They will get Nokia Music 3.0 – adds “gig enhancements, mix radio enhancements, and offline playback enhancements.”
  • They will get Counters, Play To, Camera Extension, Vcard
  • Camera Extras include new extensions with self-timer, action shot for burst mode, panorama, and group-shot.
  • Nokia Maps will get photo uploading, place reviews, and favorite sync. Nokia Transit will get location pinning on the start menu.
  • Nokia Drive will get “My Commute,”which starts with a Live Tile on the Start Screen showing your estimated time.

That’s all folks.

Windows Phone 8 wrap

Windows Phone 8 wrap

 

Please Leave Your Comments Below...

  • Jbouknight

    VPN???

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Nope. SSL.

  • Jbouknight

    VPN???

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Nope. SSL.

  • http://twitter.com/dlangdon01 David Langdon

    We’ve heard the “bypass the carrier” update nonsense before.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WJGC7242GFDP2QXANKF5WTMEA Rex

      This is really a PC OS, they dont have much choice.  Are they supposed to put billions of computers at risk over a couple million phones?

  • http://twitter.com/dlangdon01 David Langdon

    We’ve heard the “bypass the carrier” update nonsense before.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WJGC7242GFDP2QXANKF5WTMEA Rex

      This is really a PC OS, they dont have much choice.  Are they supposed to put billions of computers at risk over a couple million phones?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-W-Burnham/714907265 Robert W. Burnham

    No WP8 for existing WP7 users? Bummer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-W-Burnham/714907265 Robert W. Burnham

    No WP8 for existing WP7 users? Bummer.

  • Daniel Gray

    If this works, the iPad and the iPhone are dead meat. They are already going to get their rear ends handed to them by the end of this year as more Android cell phones and tablets will be sold then Apple, and next year it is set to increase by a factor of 3 or 4 to 1, with yet another increase in 2014 to over 6 to 1. If Microsoft can come through on their statements, it will be the death knell for Apple unless they can come up with something better. And without Steve Jobs, I dont for see that happening.

  • Daniel Gray

    If this works, the iPad and the iPhone are dead meat. They are already going to get their rear ends handed to them by the end of this year as more Android cell phones and tablets will be sold then Apple, and next year it is set to increase by a factor of 3 or 4 to 1, with yet another increase in 2014 to over 6 to 1. If Microsoft can come through on their statements, it will be the death knell for Apple unless they can come up with something better. And without Steve Jobs, I dont for see that happening.

  • http://twitter.com/Tech_Gone_Wild Ezekiel Carsella

    really nice. way more refined. 

  • http://twitter.com/Tech_Gone_Wild Ezekiel Carsella

    really nice. way more refined. 

  • Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear Onuora
     
    At this stages, where Windows has been brought up by Microsoft has become a true promissing invention and innovation to the market.
     
    Both pair, Cellphones and the Tablets would be a true friends indeed and hopefully be usefull and make them happy ever after for most of the individual who owns them as a Microsoft believer.
     
    Today, most of the stuff are widely spead all over the world in my best knowledge, in every inches and corner of the electronic computer stores, even in a small town where I stay. It was sold at a reasonable and competitive prices compare to other products. I understand this is the first time Microsoft entering the market by introducing Windows on Cellphones and Tablets and I really hope the best for the future. I’m still writing using my dell inspiron 8600 machine and everytime I see or heard about Windows Product, I remember Mr. Onuora.
     
    Thank you.
     
     
     

  • Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear Onuora
     
    At this stages, where Windows has been brought up by Microsoft has become a true promissing invention and innovation to the market.
     
    Both pair, Cellphones and the Tablets would be a true friends indeed and hopefully be usefull and make them happy ever after for most of the individual who owns them as a Microsoft believer.
     
    Today, most of the stuff are widely spead all over the world in my best knowledge, in every inches and corner of the electronic computer stores, even in a small town where I stay. It was sold at a reasonable and competitive prices compare to other products. I understand this is the first time Microsoft entering the market by introducing Windows on Cellphones and Tablets and I really hope the best for the future. I’m still writing using my dell inspiron 8600 machine and everytime I see or heard about Windows Product, I remember Mr. Onuora.
     
    Thank you.