Windows Phone 8: The Future of Windows Phone

Today was the much anticipated Windows Phone 8 Announcement in the Windows Phone Summit. Microsoft gave us a sneak peek of the new version of its mobile platform, Windows Phone 8. Here is a quick overview of the new features coming to our mobile phones this fall.

Windows Phone 8 Keynote

Photo Source: engadget

Shared Core

The biggest change in WP8 is the fact that there is much core code shared between Windows 8 and the new version of Windows Phone. This means that the kernel, networking and multimedia support will be pretty much the same between those Microsoft platforms. With this leap, Microsoft comes one step closer to its unified experience across devices logic. This also means that hardware vendors can port their drivers from Windows to WP without much of a hassle.

Hardware

Starting with WP8 multi-core processors will now be supported as well as two new screen resolutions (WXGA and 720p). MicroSD card support is also introduced with the new devices, enabling users to add more capacity at will. What’s more Windows Phone 8 adds native NFC support that enables smart communication and data sharing between devices with a “Tap and Send” approach and secure payments.

Software

The new version of the operating system comes with many new or redesigned software features.

First and foremost, the new Start Screen adds up to the already beautiful Metro Start Screen of Windows Phone. Tiles can now be resized in three sizes while of course remaining live. Application tiles from WP7 will still look great in any size but developers have more screen real estate to present live information.

Another groundbreaking change is that native C++ code is now supported on WP allowing developers to provide amazing gaming experiences as well as easily port native code applications from iOS and Android to Windows Phone.

What’s more, Microsoft is introducing Wallet Hub, its virtual wallet solution supporting secure NFC payments along with 3rd party application integration.

For enterprise users secure boot and encryption support was added, porting the Windows BitLocker technology to Windows Phone. As an added benefit, enterprises can now sign and deploy their applications via sideloading without the hassle of going through the WP Marketplace.

And last but not least, Internet Explorer 10 will have more consistent support for markup and JavaScript in order to give web developers the confidence that their work will look exactly the same across desktops, tablets, and phones. In addition, Microsoft uses its vast IE user base to provide malicious website prevention in Windows Phone by checking the links the user tries to visit like it does on your desktop.

 

Windows Phone 8 is surely an exciting update to Microsoft’s mobile OS. Unfortunately, existing devices will not get this update as they do not have the required hardware to leverage its full potential but Microsoft has announced the release of WP 7.8 that will bring the new Start Screen experience to WP7 users.

You can have a detailed look at all the new features watching the keynote on demand, over at Channel 8.