Today at the SF Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft showed us a sneak peek how they are preparing the take-off of Windows Phone. First of all, according to Joe Belfiore, the following features are only a part. There will be more to come, as they did not show all consumer features.
A shared core to break into new Galaxies
Microsoft is porting over the whole Windows 8 core to Windows Phone. This leads to fantastic new possibilities, including new hardware specs:
- Multi-core CPU support (dualcore and more!)
- New screen resolutions: added 1280×768 (WXGA or 720p+) and 1280*720 (720p)
- MicroSD card support
- Internet Explorer 10
- Wallet: enables your phone to be a wallet where you can store credit cards, coupons etc as well as carrier based billing for secure SIM capable endpoints. It enables also in-app purchases, so we will see more apps with premium content
- Nokia Maps and Drive built in on all Windows Phones!
- NFC wireless sharing between devices
- Over the Air (OTA) updates for Windows Phone OS
- 50 languages, Marketplace will be available in over 180 countries
A new cockpit
Microsoft improved the whole Start screen. What we know for now is that we will get more colors, and even more important, more tile sizes. You can watch the video below to get a feeling for what is coming:
Developers are taking seat in first row
Also for developers there is much more to come:
- Finally Native code support (C, C++) which will lead to more powerful apps and games
- In-app payments
- Integration of VoIP and Video chat for all developers
- Multitasking enhancements
- Speech API´s
- Cloud based compilation by Microsoft
- Current apps will be recompiled by Microsoft for Windows Phone 8
Joe Belfiore announced already that the developer tools and coding sessions will be available later this summer.
Enterprise will be on board
- Device encryption
- United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
- Remote management
- Company Hub and apps
Existing Windows Phones
Sadly existing Windows Phones are not able to work with Windows Phone 8. But there will be a 7.8 update for existing devices.
What we know until now: the Start screen will be ported. Still we do not know any more about the other features that will come, so please try to calm down. The update will bypass all carriers, so ALL Windows Phones will be updated to this OS version.
You can read the official announcement here.
I am excited. Really excited. How about you?