Microsoft has invited it's Windows Phone developers to its Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco which is just to kick-off now. While Microsoft hasn't unveiled too much in advance, the invitation said that today's keynote will give "a sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone" which is hopefully Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo since Microsoft hasn't left any information about the companies next big mobile OS version yet, but was so far pretty focus in the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. Whatever Microsoft plans to sneak peek today, it's just a question of minutes so please feel free to join us for its live stream bellow:
Transcribed Windows Phone 8 Highlights:
- Terry Myerson, Vice President of Windows Phone is on the stage and just confirmed that he will talk about Windows Phone 8 today!
- Joe Belfiore entered the stage
- Windows Phone 8 will ship this fall with a shared core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8!
- Windows Phone 8 will supports:
- Dual-core and more
- WVGA (800 x 480) / WXGA (1280 x 768) / 720p (1280 x 720)
- MicroSD memory card support
- Windows Phone 8 will feature Internet Explorer 10 with full HTML5 support
- Windows Phone 8 will support native NFC
- Windows Phone 8 will features a "Wallet Hub"
- Windows Phone 8 will supports mobile payment by a secure SIM card element (carrier dependent) and works with 3rd party apps
- Microsoft's lead mobile payment mobile operator is Orange France
- Windows Phone 8 will includes Nokia Map technology and data (bye bye Bings Maps)
- Windows Phone 8 gets a new Start Screen which will has more Tiles and allows to set the size of each Tile, makes it pretty much looking like a Windows 8 Start Screen
- First Windows Phone 8 devices will be available from Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC
- In future, all Windows Phone 8 devices will receive firmware updates and upgrades over the air (OTA); no more Zune Desktop Player required
- Microsoft is providing an 18 months upgrade guarantee
In another news, Microsoft's Greg Sullivan confirmed The Verge, that today's Windows Phone devices won't receive the Windows Phone 8 upgrade, as the::unwired reported first back in March. Instead today's Windows Phone 7.5 users might receive a Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade, which looks and feels like Windows Phone 8 but leaves features out today's hardware isn't supporting!
Cheers ~ Arne