Windows Phone 8 detailed

The bad news is that the video isn't available to view online. But the fact that Pocketnow has seen an internal video detailing Windows Phone 8 is indeed good news, because the site has just listed all the main points from that presentation.

Going by the name of Apollo, this is the upgrade after the incoming Tango OS. The video in question was hosted by Microsoft senior VP and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore and intended for Nokia staff, basically to get them excited about the phone's future. It wasn't intended for the wider public, but we're pretty sure Microsoft will be secretly pleased about the buzz this leak has created.

There is plenty to digest too, as this wasn't just a few pretty pictures. We're talking a lot of detail. According to Belfiore, Windows Phone 8 will be about 'scale and choice', with support for multi-core processors, new screen resolutions (a total of four), and removable microSD card storage. The mobile platform will also be very close to the PC-based Windows 8 platform, allowing developers to 'reuse – by far – most of their code' when porting an app from desktop to phone. NFC will also be present, both as a 'wallet experience' or as a tap to share feature with other compatible devices.

He added that the Xbox Companion app, currently found on Windows Phones, will see a partner client on Windows 8, while SkyDrive support will offer seamless sharing of data between devices. So, for example, you'll instantly have your music collection available on a newly-purchased Windows Phone, without the need for a PC sync. Nice.

Also covered in the talk was support for app-to-app communication, as well as an all-new Skype client that hooks directly into the OS, letting Skype calls behave almost identically to regular, non-VoIP telephony. The company will also introduce a feature called DataSmart, which aims to reduce, and simplify the tracking of, data usage. That means a breakdown of data consumption, as well as actively attempting to give Wi-Fi connections precedence. The Local Scout feature of Bing Maps will also assist, enabling the real-time location of nearby hotspots. Talking of data, Windows Phone 8 intends to use a proxy server to feed pages to Internet Explorer 10. With server-side compression, that should mean 30% less data use.

The whole thing is a significant step up. Coupled with some decent hardware, it shows Microsoft as a real competitor. It's not all about iOS v Android. Or at least, that's what the company will be hoping.

Source: Pocketnow

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