What is new in Windows Phone 8

What is new in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 will probably be the final name of the next version of Windows Phone 7 operating system that is currently being referred as codename “Apollo”. Rumor has is this new OS will be available sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012. Microsoft also plans to automatically move all Windows Phone 7.5 apps to be available on WP 8.  

One of the key improvements in WP 8 is supposed to be major upgrade in hardware including multicore processors, new screen resolutions and microSD cards.

WP 8 also will use similar components as Windows 8 and will share similar user interface.

SkyDrive integration will be another key factor in WP 8. I would not be surprised if WP 8 apps will be installed and purchased through Windows Store.

I know it is too early to say but I wonder if Microsoft will change its mind and just have Windows 8 mobile (it may be the name for Windows Phone 8) running on all smart phones. Some manufacturers including Nokia and Samsung are already working on Windows 8 tablets.

Since the launch of Windows 8 consumer preview on Feb 29, more and more I learn and read about Windows 8, more and more I realize that Microsoft is betting big Metro style apps. Windows Phone as a mobile operating system has not proved a lot. It is still a baby if you compare with iOS and Android.

I still am trying to figure out why Microsoft will continue working with Windows Phone while Windows 8 is already there? They should be just focusing on Windows 8.

Time will tell, unless you have some insight to share with us!

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