Microsoft Expected to Announce Windows Phone 8
Trying to continue on with its momentum generated by the Surface tablet unveiling
, Microsoft is expected to announce a revamp of plans for Windows Phone 8 as part of the company’s push to take on Apple and Google in the Mobile market. Microsoft is slated to discuss the next-generation Windows Phone 8 at a two-day long developer summit in San Francisco, with anticipated topics ranging from multi-core mobile CPU support to tighter device integration across the Windows environment.
According to CNET
, developers have been relatively quiet about what is to be expected unlike Monday’s Surface tablet event which was teased last week. It is clear that the company is set to focus on its mobile OS as the invitations sent to press outlets were from Microsoft’s Windows Phone unit and depicts a mobile device sporting a Golden Gate Bridge background image. Rumors and speculation surrounding the event point to the announcement of Windows Phone 8, the next-generation mobile operating system that is said to support multi-core processors.
Microsoft aspires to create an operating system that will underpin a set of devices that run the hardware gamut but it remains to be seen whether it will be a true one-OS ecosystem that is both stable and non-fragmented. This is the same goal that Apple is trying to move towards with iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion although they are trying to do it in a more indirect way with discrete mobile and desktop operating systems.
It is also being rumored that near field communication (NFC) hardware support similar to what’s found in Android’s Google Wallet service is also set to make an appearance at the event. Apple has expressed interest in NFC technology as seen with their job descriptions and patents in the past but the company’s plans regarding the technology going forward remain largely unknown.
Whether or not Windows Phone 8 will become a contender in the smartphone market is yet to be seen but we’ll surely find out in time.