Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » Windows Phone 8 http://www.everything-microsoft.com Latest Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Office, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360 News, W8 Beta, Rumors, Downloads, Themes, Wallpapers, Help & more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:31 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Samsung Reveals First Windows Phone 8 Device: ATIV Shttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/samsung-reveals-windows-phone-8-device-ativ/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/samsung-reveals-windows-phone-8-device-ativ/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 04:37:45 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95503 Samsung has become the first Windows Phone manufacturer to reveal a Windows Phone 8 device, beating Nokia to the punch just days before their own joint press event with Microsoft.

The Windows Phone Blog revealed pictures and specs for the new device just ahead of Samsung’s own announcement on Thursday. The device, which appears to be modeled after the popular Samsung Galaxy S III, will feature the following specs:

  • 8.7mm brushed aluminum chassis
  • 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of onboard RAM
  • 8MP autofocus rear camera
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB or 32GB storage models
  • MicroSD slot for expanded storage
  • 2300mAh battery
  • NFC (Near Field Communications)

Here’s a gallery of pictures released by Microsoft of the new handset:

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No word on pricing or availability just yet, but the author of the post, Ben Rudolph, suggests that we will be seeing more Windows Phone 8 devices to come during IFA 2012. Here’s a look at the photos put up in the blog post:

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Windows Phone 8 to be Released on October 29th?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/windows-phone-8-released-october-29th/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/31/windows-phone-8-released-october-29th/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 04:31:40 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95498 We are apparently just under two months from the launch of Windows Phone 8, according to a source of ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft has already teased a few new features of the new mobile OS, but has left most of the consumer features a mystery. Certain features have been leaked via an early look at the Windows Phone 8 SDK, but the event on September 5th is when most believe Microsoft will finally detail the coming update.

In a post about the crazy upcoming release schedule of Microsoft’s most ambitious products to date, Mary Jo reveals what she has found out about the next major release for Windows Phone. Here is what she has to say:

“October 29 will be the official ‘launch’ of Windows Phone 8, I am told. I’m hearing this event will likely be on the west coast, either in San Francisco or Los Angeles. (Again, I don’t know exactly where. A photo studio? Outside an Apple store?) But this is considered the “consumer launch” of the product, with handsets to be made available starting a week or two later, meaning early November, as other sources of mine had indicated.”

Samsung released the very first Windows Phone 8 device just yesterday and Nokia is ready to deliver some good news for the platform on the 5th in a joint event with Microsoft. We are also hearing that HTC will be revealing their plans shortly after that, so get ready for a wild ride over the next couple of months.

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The Windows Phone 8 Era – The Beginning of the Steve Ballmer Erahttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/18/windows-phone-8-era-beginning-steve-ballmer-era/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/18/windows-phone-8-era-beginning-steve-ballmer-era/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:02:42 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95100 Microsoft certainly has been busy lately. With Window 8 on the horizon, Windows Server 2012 coming soon. Then there is the recently released version of Office 2013. What’s next? Well some changes will come about for Windows Phone 8. It will have more co-dependency to Windows 8.

Windows Core

The biggest change in Windows Phone 8 is the transition to the NT kernel and related operating system elements. What this means is that Windows Phone 8 will share many of the same features, such as the same kernel, and the same file system, and the same media foundation, device drivers, and parts of the security model from Windows 8. Why go to such lengths? Is it overkill? Apparently not because the core elements of the Windows NT architecture will allow Windows Phone 8 to support multi-core processors, device encryption,  and other improvements for IT.

App development

Clearly, one of the most innovative ideas of the last decade was the App. These small, highly focused programs did much to make the iPhone and the iPad the central commercial IT device. Other copy cats followed suit. For Microsoft the problem was how to develop Apps for Windows 8 and Apps for the Windows phone if at the core, their OS’s were different. The solution is simple, if complex. Have the same kernel for both.

This is important for developers because they will benefit from a shared Windows Core in Windows Phone 8. Microsoft will drop the .NET Compact Framework in Windows Phone 7, but instead will move to a Core CLR which will allow managed code to run in a manner identical to how it runs on desktop Windows. The great thing for developers is that their existing apps will continue to run on the current Windows Phone 7 OS even after the Windows 8 platform goes on line.

If Windows 8’s Metro style applications succeed then that’s bound to benefit Windows Phone 8 also, since developers will have an easy way to share common code across each platform.

User Interface

The main Windows Phone 8 user interface change is the Start Screen. It will have three sizes of live tiles: small, medium, and large. Currently the existing ones in Windows Phone 7 are medium and large versions.  It is also expanding the screen environment where you will be going to be able to place live tiles on. The area along the right hand side of the Start Screen will now be filled with tiles.

Skype and VoIP Integration

Another feature about Windows Phone 8 is the integration with two communication elements. One is Skype and the other is VoIP. Skype will be an application that you can download; one that will take advantage of the VoIP integration. The integration sets up VoIP applications to become a full integrated app on Windows Phone 8 handsets, which will allow them to integrate into the phone dialer.

Next

The importance of the changes Microsoft is pursuing show that it is looking far down the road for hardware and software development. This is a new style for Microsoft.  Will Windows 8 succeed? Can’t tell yet. Will Windows Phone 8 succeed? Can’t tell yet. But what we can tell is that Microsoft is now engaged in an entirely new way of looking at its software and hardware services. It is pursuing a new direction, one that marks its old way’s obsolete. This sets a new mark on how Microsoft will operate. Will it be a strictly software company? Probably not. It will most likely pursue hardware as well, since it already has XBox and Kinect as successful hardware devices. If the Windows Phone 8 succeeds, and if Surface succeeds, there’s no telling what other hardware devices Microsoft will bring out.

So goodbye Bill Gates. The Steve Ballmer era is now at hand because Steve is driving the change.

Source: TheVerge

 

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Rumors Point to a Native Screenshot Feature in Windows Phone 8http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/rumors-point-native-screenshot-feature-windows-phone-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/rumors-point-native-screenshot-feature-windows-phone-8/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:54:41 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95059 Among the many possible feature updates that have been revealed or rumored for Windows Phone 8, one feature that hasn’t really been talked about is the possibility of a native screenshot feature. Now to be fair, most users could care less about this ability in their device, but as someone who writes and reviews Windows Phone it would certainly be a welcomed feature in the next release for me personally.

WPDang is reporting that the ability to take screenshots directly from the device will be coming in Windows Phone 8 this fall. To take these screencaps it’s being reported that the user will need to press both the Windows and camera shutter button at the same time, which will take the screenshot and store it in the cameras ‘saved’ folder.

Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied this report, so at this point we’ll need to wait and see for an official word.

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Microsoft Introduces the New Windows Phone Start Screen [Video]http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/27/microsoft-introduces-windows-phone-start-screen-video/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/27/microsoft-introduces-windows-phone-start-screen-video/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:38:22 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94808 Perhaps the best feature/change Microsoft revealed during their Windows Phone Developer Summit last week was the new revised Start screen for Windows Phone 8 and 7.8. The new screen gets rid of the white space to the right of the tiles list on the current build and gives users the ability to re-size any tile to a small, medium or large tile size, making Windows Phone that much more customizable.

Of course, there may be even more changes coming to the iconic home screen as Microsoft noted that they were not revealing all of their UI changes until later on, however, Microsoft has just posted a new video displaying the new reworked Start screen for Windows Phone 8 (and v7.8). Check out the video below.

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Microsoft Puts Up Windows Phone 7.8 Pagehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/27/microsoft-puts-windows-phone-78-page/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/27/microsoft-puts-windows-phone-78-page/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:27:24 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94803 Microsoft has made the decision to change Windows Phone from a Windows CE base to a Windows 8 kernel base, which means that current handsets cannot receive the Windows Phone 8 OS. It’s not all bad news though as Microsoft announced at their developer summit last week that they will be updating current Windows Phone 7.5 handsets to v7.8.

The Windows Phone 7.8 update will not bring all of the new Windows Phone 8 features to existing handsets, but will bring some new features, including the new Windows Phone start screen.

Microsoft has posted a new page on their site which reminds users that current Windows Phones are still worth buying and will sport the new Start screen. Keep in mind that the company has yet to announce a majority of the new OS features, so there is likely to be much more in the 7.8 update than what is currently being announced. Below, you will see Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph demoing the new start screen on a Lumia 900.

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Windows Phone 8: Round Up Of What’s Newhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/21/windows-phone-8/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/21/windows-phone-8/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:27:45 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94697 Yesterday Microsoft held yet another press conference, however this time they weren’t announcing new Surface Tablets. Instead this time they were revealing Windows Phone 8, the latest Windows Phone version that will ship with the next generation of Windows Phone devices.

Microsoft are really struggling to break into the smartphone market, Windows Phone 7 was really meant to get them in the door, but sales are still pretty sluggish. However Microsoft is showing no signs of giving up, and Windows Phone 8 is yet another big leap for them, proving that they can keep up with the big players, Apple and Android.

So in case you missed the Windows Phone 8 announcement, here’s a round up of what’s new.

New Start Screen

Windows Phone has always had a pretty cool and unique start screen, but Microsoft have still continued to improve on it. As you can see from the screenshot above, the start screen now spans the width of the screen. There’s now support for more color themes and the live tiles can be adjusted in size.

New Hardware Support

NFC (Near Field Communication) support is the lasted big hardware change this time around. There is now also support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions (including 1280 x 720px) as well as support for MicroSD cards.

New Software Features

Windows Phone 8 will now support in-app purchases which is already found on both Android and iOS. Microsoft have also added in a new “wallet” which you can store personal info securely.

Windows Phones will now also be able to get over the air updates, instead of having to be connected to a PC and Microsoft have started bringing a lot of Windows 8 into Windows Phone 8, such as ways that the OS’s handle security, gaming and networking.

Microsoft recently acquired Skype and now there’s a new app for Windows Phone 8. Skype will be closely integrated throughout Windows Phone 8 and you’ll have the option to make calls via Skype or through your carrier once you install the app.

One final major feature that Microsoft introduced was “TellMe”, which allows you to speak commands to an app. For the demo Microsoft showcased Audible. You’re able to launch, pause, stop and resume media simply with your voice which is pretty cool.

So Who Gets It and When?

Well first off, current Windows Phone users probably feel a little hard done by, as they won’t be able to get the upgrade. However Microsoft has softened the blow a little and announced that Windows Phone 7.8 will be available as an upgrade. This will bring the new start screen along with a few other changes.

Microsoft didn’t give a specific date for Windows Phone 8 to be released, but they just said that phones running it will ship in the fall. They also mentioned the “Holiday Season” so it could be anytime between August and Christmas! I’m sure we’ll get a few more hints closer to the time.

Overall Windows Phone 8 is another big improvement for Windows Phone, which is already proving to be a great operating system. However Android and iOS are still leagues ahead of it in terms of market share and I’m sure this is something Microsoft are working hard to change.

What do you think of Windows Phone 8?

Let us know in the comments below

Image Credit: The Verge

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Today’s Windows Phone Event to be Streamed Livehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/20/todays-windows-phone-event-streamed-live/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/06/20/todays-windows-phone-event-streamed-live/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:45:10 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=94688

With all of the Microsoft Surface talk the last few days it’s almost a back story that Microsoft has a huge event today in San Francisco (9AM PT, 12PM ET) where they are going to reveal the future of Windows Phone. It’s my belief and others that we will see quite a bit of Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) at today’s event. Hopefully a sneak peak at some next-gen hardware too.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone event is just hours away and for those of you who would like to watch along, there will be a live stream of the event available via Channel 9. The event begins at 9am PST, 12pm EST, which you can watch here.

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Microsoft to Reveal Zune Successor at E3 2012?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/25/microsoft-reveal-zune-sucessor-e3-2012/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/25/microsoft-reveal-zune-sucessor-e3-2012/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:28:14 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93820 According to The Verge, Microsoft will be showcasing a replacement for the Zune music brand at the E3 2012 show this year. The service is codenamed “Woodstock” and is said to integrate with Facebook allowing users to share tracks and group playlists.

The report states that the service will be available cross-platform, which includes: Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android and will be available via the web as well. A feature similar to iTunes match is also rumored, essentially scanning the users music collection and matching their music with the appropriate track in the “Woodstock” catalog.

Basically, it sounds like the Zune brand will be going away, but the service will be expanding to include more devices, features and services. It’s a shame that Microsoft is killing off the Zune name, but we’ve known this was coming for quite a long time, so it’s not all that surprising. Hopefully this fresh start and integration into so many more devices will help Microsoft gain traction with their music service.

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Windows Phone 8 Details Emergehttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/02/windows-phone-8-details-emerge/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/02/windows-phone-8-details-emerge/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:57:08 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22065 Some details of thew next big release of Windows Phone, codenamed ‘Apollo’ have emerged today from a video hosted by Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore for partners including Nokia, and seen by PocketNow.  The video covered a few themes that are all logical evolutions of the platform.

Hardware

Windows Phone 8 is set to have some changes made to the supported hardware now that it is a mature platform.  These changes include support for multi-core processors and three new screen resolutions.  These weren’t specified but we can expect them to be both lower and higher than the current 800 by 480 pixels.  This will allow new high-end handsets to compete more effectively with the iPhone and some Android phones, while also opening up new markets for low-price smartphones, a market Microsoft has been keen to get into.  NFC will also be supported for contactless payments and finally Micro SD Card support is coming to the platform which will be welcomed by many people.

Windows 8 Integration & Data Management

The new version of Windows Phone will work more effectively with Windows 8, no longer requiring the Zune desktop software to synchronise music, photos and files. There’s no word on how Microsoft will actually do this but there will be a new “syncing relationship” with Windows 8.

There will also be a new Xbox companion app for Windows 8 and better SkyDrive support, which might explain the different Windows 8 sync.  For those worried about their data connection the OS will be better able to handle WiFi networks, automatically prioritising them for data, and providing a Live Tile showing your data usage and throughput.  It will also auto-connect to available and appropriate networks, though presumably security conscious owners will be able to turn this feature off.

Internet Explorer 10 on the phone will also use a proxy server to compress images.  Microsoft say this can save up to 30% of the total browsing data usage on the phone.

Developers

Microsoft are going to continue the already excellent work they are doing for app developers by further improving the tools that can convert iPhone and Android apps for Windows Phone.  Belfiore apparently said he expects 100,000 apps for Windows Phone by the time Apollo is available at the end of this year.

Business Support

Businesses are also being catered for with better features including 128-bit full disk Bitlocker encryption and, finally, the ability to deploy custom apps directly from a Windows Server environment without having to go through the Windows Phone app store.

The Apollo update is expected at the end of this year along with handsets that will have it pre-installed.  This probably means we will begin to see leaked details of these new handsets around late summer with releases in late October to get them out for the Christmas market.  A launch at this time will match the expected launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 8.

These are just a few details of the next major update for Windows Phone that is still also rumoured to run on the Windows desktop MinWin kernel.  We will no doubt hear further details later in the year but it is clear that Microsoft are aiming to ‘evolve’ the operating system in sensible and organic ways, with the better integration with Windows 8 a particularly good idea.

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Windows Phone 8 – RedHawkhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/25/windows-phone-8-redhawk/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/25/windows-phone-8-redhawk/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:42:50 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21885 A lot is going on with Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, which is expected to be released sometime this year. Now there is also talk about Microsoft’s new OS version for their next installment of Windows Phone. Call it Windows Phone 8, or Apollo as it is called in Redmond. In it, the rumor is that Windows Phone OS will make a swap out to the new variant of Windows 8.

Problems with Windows Phone 7 Kernel

One of the biggest overall complaints about Windows Phone, starting with Windows Phone 7 and continuing through NoDo and Mango, is the lack of 3rd-party native mode application support. Developers have problems because they do not wants to embed Windows CE’s idiosyncrasies in new apps. Again some of that is reliability and some is a desire to make apps portable across the three-screens (PC, Phone, TV) and a cloud world.  So by moving to WinNTk this eliminates the CE idiosyncrasy problem and makes native mode applications (and particularly WinRT-based ones) possible.

Three other issues also play into having one operating system for the devices. One is that when you do the same things twice (a computer operating system and a smartphone operating system) it is almost impossible to have them both be completed at approximately the same time, and  be truly compatible with one another, and also be of equivalent quality. Secondly, the cost of staffing to repeatedly do the same thing twice is nonsense, even for a company the size of Microsoft. And finally, the closer you get to wanting two things to be almost the same provides less the justification for having two different things at all!

 

RedHawk

So developers want better integration with the Kernel. Or so it seems. So Microsoft has come out with Redhawk. It is a new managed-code execution environment that would be more lightweight and more appealing to developers who have been put off by the perceived overhead of the current Common Language Runtime (CLR) at the heart of the .Net Framework.

That said, it appears that Microsoft is making changes in more ways than one, and is certainly trying to streamline it OS kernel to make it a more compatible development environment. The challenge for Microsoft is that as a descendant of Windows 7, Windows 8 must be as good as if not better, and Windows Phone 8 should be a lot better in order to increase the Microsoft market share in the smartphone arena.

Source: Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8: Cousins or Siblings

Zdnet

 

 

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Windows 8 is NOT coming to Phoneshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/15/windows-8-coming-phones/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/15/windows-8-coming-phones/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:33:55 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=1378 Back in January the CEO of Intel said he was looking forward to Intel putting Windows 8 on smartphones.  This was taken at the time of confirmation that Microsoft’s next generation OS could indeed be a cross-platform operating system and replace the still-new Windows Phone OS.

Then earlier today Steve Ballmer told the Microsoft shareholders meeting that “We’ve got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8.” which got a lot of people very excited.

Now the PR people have clarified what Ballmer meant and said that Windows 8 will indeed NOT be coming to phones…

“He was making a statement along the lines of what we’ve already publicly stated around providing a consistent experience across various devices but all carrying the Windows name.”

What does this mean?  We in all probability it means very little.  It is going to mean more work for Microsoft in that they will still have multiple operating systems across their different platforms for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox to manage and maintain.  It does mean though that Windows Phone won’t be susceptible to the same types of malware attacks that could face Windows 8 in the coming years though.  This is not only good news for consumers and businesses, but also great news for Microsoft overall as a malware threat to the platform could finish it off completely.

It does make sense for Microsoft to have a cross-platform user experience, whatever you think of Metro, and the debate will roll on about whether a UI design that works well on a smartphone is actually suitable for other platforms.  I will say again though that many aspects of Metro are set to change for the beta and we mustn’t judge what we currently see based on something that isn’t even a beta.

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What Will Windows 8 Mobile Be Like?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/29/windows-8-mobile/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/09/29/windows-8-mobile/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:14:58 +0000 http://www.windows8news.com/?p=1220 This is a guest post by Spencer. If you want to guest post on this site, then please read our guidelines here.

In the past several months, we’ve gotten our first look at what Microsoft’s Windows 8 will look like for the PC and tablet platform. The main interface has been overhauled to resemble the current Windows 7 interface and to be more tablet-friendly. Given these changes in the PC and tablet space, it’s only natural that we wonder what the mobile version of Windows 8 will look like. Currently, not much has been confirmed about the upcoming update, other than that its code name is Apollo. Here, we’ll look a little deeper into what’s been said so far and try to imagine what Apollo will be like.

Thanks to the desktop Windows 8′s user interface being overhauled, it’s safe to assume that Windows Phone 8 will retain most of the current Windows Phone 7 interface. As such, it is also logical to conclude that Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will integrate further with one another. Some of the rumoured possibilities have included the ability to share apps and files. In this unified experience, users would see the gap closed between their home PC and Smartphone with mobile broadband. The gap between the two platforms would be bridged, and transferring content between devices should be a more seamless experience in Windows Phone 8. It’s important to note that this goal of unifying the experience between devices is also the one being pursued by Apple with iOS and OS X, and Google with its Android operating system for smart phones and tablets. It’s also a given that Windows Phone 8 will improve on existing applications, providing a more user-friendly experience throughout the operating system and the mobile broadband apps that ship with phones running Apollo.

On top of this, Windows Phone 8 also looks as though it will introduce a couple of interesting new features. First, Microsoft is said to be adding voice-to-text capabilities similar to what’s found in Google’s Android operating system. Another interesting change that looks like it will be incorporated into Apollo is one-handed typing. Many Windows Phone 7 users have complained that the stock keyboard is difficult to use without two hands, so this will likely be a welcome change. Windows Phone 8 is also said to include a new localization and context engine. All of this was gleamed from a whiteboard in the background of a Microsoft presentation earlier this year. So, while it looks like Microsoft was definitely planning these things at one point, they may or may not be included in Apollo. They all seem like logical upgrades, though, so there’s really no reason not to expect them.

While all of this is subject to change, what we know for sure about Windows Phone 8 is that it’s coming. We also know that Microsoft is betting heavily on it. By switching Windows 8 for desktop from the classic Windows interface that has been used for decades to one that mirrors Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is making a statement. The company is stating that they are sticking by the new Windows Phone platform and will continue to make it better. That alone should excite Windows Phone fans about Apollo.

Article written by Spencer Hogg from Broadband Expert where great mobile broadband deals are found.

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