More details about Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8


We’re hoping for Microsoft to release additional interesting details about the future of their mobile platform (the Tango and Apollo updates, to be exact) at the Mobile Congress in Barcelona, but meanwhile, some additional pieces of information are leaking throughout the web. According to them, Windows Phone Apollo is going to be revealed at the Congress, just like Mango was, one year earlier. The update is supposed to bring some serious changes to the platform and even replace the current kernel (Windows Embedded Compact) with something a bit more up-to-date, such as MinWin, which might help Microsoft in the integration between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 – the computer and mobile versions of Windows. Similar information has also appeared on a Russian forum, according to which not only is Windows Phone 8 going to use a Windows NT kernel, but it’ll also share a lot of the Windows 8 base elements, which should really help bring the platforms closer together.

Windows Phone 8 concept
Windows Phone 8


Even though Apollo is expected to look more or less the same as Mango, the developers are definitely going to feel the difference, as porting programs from Windows 8 to Windows Phone and the other way round is going to be made very easy – according to Microsoft, it’s going to be just a matter of rewriting one line. Other interesting changes include support for NFC technology and even support for processors using x86 architecture, which sounds great.

According to another source, the minimal requirements for Windows Phone 8 include dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor and display with 1280×720 resolution, which is a giant step forward from Tango, which supports even 480 x 320 displays and still uses a Windows CE7 core. B. A.

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