Microsoft just unveiled the next big step in its mobile software, Windows Phone 8. Codenamed “Apollo, as we expected last week here.
One huge change in WP8 is the shared core. This means that Windows Phone 8 shares the kernel, drivers, security, graphics and more with Windows 8
The most important thing is that Microsoft has re-coded Windows Phone from the ground up for the new version. Previous versions of Windows Phone were based on Microsoft’s old mobile OS, Windows CE but now the platform will share the same source code as the company’s coming desktop OS, Windows 8.
Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core processors thanks to the shared kernel. For this fall, Microsoft will focus on dual-cores. Next up, higher resolutions will be supported - WVGA is joined by 720p (1280 x 720) and WXGA (1280 x 768). All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will work without modification on the new OS regardless of the resolution.
Windows Phone 8 also makes the jump to native code apps written in C and C++ - which both improves performance and makes porting stuff like games written for Windows 8 RT to Windows Phone 8 a breeze.
The new mobile OS will have full support for NFC too and will support 3rd party apps.
The final of the 8 platform changes is an updated start screen. It features new Live tile sizes - both smaller and bigger tiles are now available. And better still, the user gets to change the size of each live tile. WP7.5 tiles will work without modification on the new OS, just like apps.
The improved multitasking of Windows Phone 8 enables seamless VoIP and video calls - e.g. a Skype call looks just like a regular phone call. Third party apps can use it too, not just Skype.
Windows Phone 8 puts Nokia Maps front and center, removing the redundancy between that service and Microsoft’s own Bing Maps service. It will support offline viewing of maps.
Upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices will be built by Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei built on a Qualcomm platform.
Microsoft also has much more to offer IT departments with Windows Phone 8. The new OS supports encryption, secure boot and device management, and it includes mobile versions of Microsoft’s popular Office apps.
What do you think about the new windows phone 8?
Sources: GSMarena, Mashable. TheVerge