Windows Phone 8, the latest version of mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, has officially been announced during the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco.
The changes are dramatic and things look very good, but a big minus is that the existing users of Windows Phone will not have access to the new all features brought by Windows Phone 8 but only to a few of them, which will arrive in a future update called Windows Phone 7.8. The reason is the one that the most of us were probably suspected – the hardware on which WP is currently running on is not strong enough for what promises the new version of the operating system.
However, let’s see what we will find on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.
– Support for multi-core processors: As expected, Microsoft is preparing WP8 for the new high-powered smartphones, extending support for multi-core processors.
– Higher resolution for display: Windows Phone 8 will support two new HD resolutions, 1280×768 and 1280×720.
– Better maps: Nokia Maps will be part of the WP8 platform of maps, providing more detailed maps, directions for navigation in many countries as well as the option of storing offline maps.
– On-card storage: Those who want to expand the storage space of their smartphones will be able to use MicroSD cards.
– Wallet and NFC: Microsoft integrates in WP8 support for NFC and brings a Wallet hub that will manage the credit and debit cards or digital coupons. The NFC transfer between two phones will also be simplified.
– Internet Explorer 10: The engine of Microsoft’s Internet browser is the same that the company will offer on the PCs and tablets with Windows 8. Users will have more advanced security features such as SmartScreen Filter and additional speed.
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are expected to be easier on the developers (unlike Android). We can expect new tools and an improved SDK.
Windows Phone 8 changes quite dramatically (for the better we would say) the Start Screen’s look. In addition to the classic Live Tiles seen on WP7.5, now we are able to use smaller tiles, where we can display information that does not require an extended portion of the screen. Thus, Microsoft resolves an issue criticized by some users to WP namely that were not offered enough information on the screen. Theme and color palette was also extended.
The VoIP applications (Skype) will enjoy a more complete integration in Windows Phone 8, users being able to initiate and hold conversations in a very simple and intuitive way.
Other changes will be seen in security, encryption and remote management.
When will Windows Phone 8 be available? Unfortunately Microsoft did not offer any official date yet, but we can expect to see their new mobile OS released in the coming months.