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  • Microsoft Wows with Windows Phone 8 Unveiling


    As MMi reported early Wednesday, Microsoft was expected to unveil its new Windows Phone 8 today at the company's Windows Phone Developer Summit. The speculation proved correct just moments ago as the software giant raised the curtain on a dazzling new smartphone that will all but certainly turn heads (even among some iPhone owners).

    Launching this fall in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Surface tablet, Windows Phone 8 is a striking handset with an HD screen that will support multi-core CPUs and deliver mobile payments capabilities through Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.

    Support for three new screen resolutions include: WVGA (800x480 pixels), WXVGA (1280x768), and "True 720p" (1280x720). Not surprisingly, the Windows Phone 8 will will draw heavily from its code foundation in Windows 8, a platform that will let developers create new mobile applications capable of running on Microsoft phones, tablets, and computers.

    Handsets that use the new Windows Phone 8 operating system will come with built-in mapping technology from Nokia, Microsoft's key partner in the smartphone market, the company said.
    Additionally, Windows Phones will get support for a MicroSD expansion slot - a development that could give the OS a subsequent 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB memory boost. MicroSD cards also makes it pretty seamless to transfer data from the smartphone straight to a PC.

    Microsoft, with a nod to an iPhone feature called Siri—also showed off speech recognition software that developers can harness to let users launch and control apps with their voice, "something Siri just now is learning to do," said Kevin Gallo, the head of developer platform for Windows Phone.
    Catering to many of the requests made from avid users, the platform will support in-app purchases, desktop-level security, and development in C, C++. Microsoft even confirmed today that it will, as rumored, integrate VoIP calling apps like Skype so that calls placed and received through these apps and related services will appear just as natural as native phone calls.

    "We will have the best device lineup we've ever had before," said Terry Myerson, the head of the Windows Phone group. This fall, however, we'll find out if smartphone buyers agree with that assessment.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Wows with Windows Phone 8 Unveiling started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. control635's Avatar
      control635 -
      Mircosoft is murdering the competition this week
    1. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
      Dark_Ninja -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaveHavok View Post
      *Throws HTC Titan II into the trash* Thanks Microshaft! That has to be one of the fastest OS to hardware phase outs I've ever seen!

      I can understand maybe WP9 and beyond, but give your product some growing room for crying outloud!! WP7.5 - WP7.8 is not acceptable as a complete product lifespan and has guaranteed that I won't own a Windows Phone ever again
      You do realize that WP7.0 -7.8 classifies as a full year of updates right?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      As others have stated, I'm happy to see Microsoft thinking outside the box...finally!!! I'm looking forward to playing w/ a WP8 when it's released.

      Will I buy one...prolly not. I'm very happy w/ iPhones.

      Do I like the direction MS is headed? Definitely!!!

      I look forward to seeing Apple challenge MS and give us what we expect from them!!!
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Looks too good to be true.
    1. Mr00brando's Avatar
      Mr00brando -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaveHavok View Post
      *Throws HTC Titan II into the trash* Thanks Microshaft! That has to be one of the fastest OS to hardware phase outs I've ever seen!

      I can understand maybe WP9 and beyond, but give your product some growing room for crying outloud!! WP7.5 - WP7.8 is not acceptable as a complete product lifespan and has guaranteed that I won't own a Windows Phone ever again
      How is apple releasing a new OS and hardware catered around it every year different? Yeah they give you updates to the new iOS but like from the 4 to 4s siri was an iPhone 4s only thing you. Your phone will still get updated but it won't have the extra stuff like Multi-core support...
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      Looks amazing! Really impressed by it! & I'm loving the new start up screen! I'd trade my 4s for that any day!!! Hehehe
      Haha I probably would too. If they had the programs I have on my iPhone
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      Theres still one major hurdle though.
      One thing that they can never fix.
      ( It still runs windows ).
      Which instantly makes it more useful then a the ripped off closed design OS X "stole" from bsd.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      Which instantly makes it more useful then a the ripped off closed design OS X "stole" from bsd.
      Just curious why ur on MMI??? Why aren't you on an Android or Windows Phone forum? That way you wouldn't have to get so mad at Apple enthusiasts on an Apple-related Website.

      Just sayin...
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr00brando View Post
      How is apple releasing a new OS and hardware catered around it every year different? Yeah they give you updates to the new iOS but like from the 4 to 4s siri was an iPhone 4s only thing you. Your phone will still get updated but it won't have the extra stuff like Multi-core support...
      and the A5 processor.. Improved camera .. Faster 3G..

      But the same goes with every phone .. You won't ever get the "extra stuff" from a software update
    1. psp257's Avatar
      psp257 -
      impressive, but i still have faith in the iPhone 5 to kill it. bwhahaha
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Ninja View Post
      The lumia actually sold really well.
      It depends on your definition of 'really well'.

      The Lumia 900 is expected to sell a million units in Q2 2012 which isn't bad.

      The iPhone 4S clocked up that number within 24 hours of being available for pre-sale.

      It's all relative.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      I've never used a Windows Phone, would really like to try this one out
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Microsoft usually does have some good ideas..they wouldn't still be here if the didn't. The phone is decent but not revolutionary. My question is this, how many applications do I have to choose from? 100,000..500,000>>?? I think not! More like 25,000 and that's the problem. As good as the phone may be, if MS and its 3rd party support do not have valid (i need to have ) applications, the phone will fail just like Windows Phone 7 and its Mango update. Im still not convinced they will take over anything. They may compete a bit but no take over here. One thing i do like is the 3 model choices(im sure they will have different price points) good for the consumer. We shall see if MS can compete with Apple and Android..time will tell :]
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Microsoft usually does have some good ideas..they wouldn't still be here if the didn't.
      Name one?

      Apart from software (most of which they bought from other people) what good ideas have MS had?
    1. Hmar9333's Avatar
      Hmar9333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Coming from someone who uses the OS7 Dreamboard Theme on my device, I can say I have no interest in this phone. The phone itself still does not look appealing to the eye.. might as well be a 3Gs. The iPhone 4 Design by itself screamed I'm sexy without even pressing the home button to debut the OS. Not to mention it's absolutely ludicrous to create (3) different models based off resolution.. Microsoft is still 5 steps behind.
      Uhhhh... that's a mockup device. We have yet to see any WP8 devices. Unlike the iPhone, Windows Phone supports a wide variety of models made by many manufacturers. I'm sure Nokia will release a phone similar looking to the Lumia 800/900 running WP8.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hmar9333 View Post
      I'm sure Nokia will release a phone similar looking to the Lumia 800/900 running WP8.
      Assuming, of course, Nokia are still in business when WP8 is released...
    1. Hmar9333's Avatar
      Hmar9333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Microsoft usually does have some good ideas..they wouldn't still be here if the didn't. The phone is decent but not revolutionary. My question is this, how many applications do I have to choose from? 100,000..500,000>>?? I think not! More like 25,000 and that's the problem. As good as the phone may be, if MS and its 3rd party support do not have valid (i need to have ) applications, the phone will fail just like Windows Phone 7 and its Mango update. Im still not convinced they will take over anything. They may compete a bit but no take over here. One thing i do like is the 3 model choices(im sure they will have different price points) good for the consumer. We shall see if MS can compete with Apple and Android..time will tell :]
      Actually Microsoft made quite a big thing at the conference about there being 100,000 apps available on the store. Sure, it's not 500,000, but it's still a heck of a lot.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Assuming, of course, Nokia are still in business when WP8 is released...
      Of course they will be. If Nokia's financial situation was so dire that they couldn't afford to continue any longer than September/October this year (so very unlikely), Microsoft would bail them out.

      /feedingthetroll
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr00brando View Post
      How is apple releasing a new OS and hardware catered around it every year different? Yeah they give you updates to the new iOS but like from the 4 to 4s siri was an iPhone 4s only thing you. Your phone will still get updated but it won't have the extra stuff like Multi-core support...
      Sadly, Microsoft is much worse - which is suprising, because I never would have imagined any company could be worse than Apple when it comes to planned obsolescence.

      The iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S will be getting iOS 6. If Apple had been like Microsoft, then it would be like when iOS4 came out, 3GS users couldn't upgrade to it, or when iOS5 came out, iPhone 4 users couldn't upgrade to it, and when iOS6 comes out, 4S users can't upgrade to it. Oh sure, Apple drops features, which I hate, but Microsoft is dropping "old" devices from ENTIRE OS UPDATES! Not only is that bad for consumers, but it's bad for the environment. We're already a society that generates a ridiculous amount of tech waste, and Microsoft isn't helping.

      I think it's sad, because I've played around with WP7.5 on a spare HTC HD2 and I actually really like it. What few apps there are for Windows Phone, look a lot slicker than their iOS and Android counterparts. I have seriously considered switching to Microsoft, but if this is their attitude, then hell no! In fact, I hope the analysts are wrong and Windows Phone becomes a total failure.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat View Post
      Sadly, Microsoft is much worse - which is suprising, because I never would have imagined any company could be worse than Apple when it comes to planned obsolescence.

      The iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S will be getting iOS 6. If Apple had been like Microsoft, then it would be like when iOS4 came out, 3GS users couldn't upgrade to it, or when iOS5 came out, iPhone 4 users couldn't upgrade to it, and when iOS6 comes out, 4S users can't upgrade to it. Oh sure, Apple drops features, which I hate, but Microsoft is dropping "old" devices from ENTIRE OS UPDATES! Not only is that bad for consumers, but it's bad for the environment. We're already a society that generates a ridiculous amount of tech waste, and Microsoft isn't helping.

      I think it's sad, because I've played around with WP7.5 on a spare HTC HD2 and I actually really like it. What few apps there are for Windows Phone, look a lot slicker than their iOS and Android counterparts. I have seriously considered switching to Microsoft, but if this is their attitude, then hell no! In fact, I hope the analysts are wrong and Windows Phone becomes a total failure.
      I hear ya!

      Let's, hypothetically, give MS the benefit of the doubt. Is it possible that MS might be trying to 'start over' in a sense w/ WP8 as their new platform. Let's say, WP7.5 was their 'beta' and now 8 will be their backbone.

      It's possible that they 'might' not follow Google or Apple and try to make all their WP8 devices upgradable no matter how old it is.

      Again..hypothetical...benefit of the doubt! LOL!
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Let's, hypothetically, give MS the benefit of the doubt. Is it possible that MS might be trying to 'start over' in a sense w/ WP8 as their new platform. Let's say, WP7.5 was their 'beta' and now 8 will be their backbone.
      I'm sure they're trying to start over, as WP8 won't be WindowsCE based any more and will use an NT Kernel based OS compiled for ARM. However, there's still no reason why older devices couldn't be updated to WP8 other than Microsoft refuses to do it. New WP8 devices will still use ARM architecture as well. I'd only understand Microsoft's refusal to update old devices if they were switching to x86 on phones/tablets or something similarly as major.