From a Russian smartphone forum we have some more information about Windows Phone 8, and if true it confirms the rumours that the Windows CE kernel is out, and the Windows 8 kernel in.
The excerpt from an unrevealed document states that Windows Phone 8 will achieve platform parity with Windows 8, saying:
"Windows Phone" Apollo "brings together platform parity with Windows 8, experience parity with Windows Phone "Mango", and a set of new features and functionality developed for Windows Phone "Apollo".
Platform parity means that the phone OS is now based on the Windows NT kernel instead of the Windows CE kernel. Windows Phone "Apollo" uses the Core System from Windows 8, which is a minimal Windows system that boots, manages its hardware and
resources, authenticates and communicates on a network, and can be managed at a basic level.
The post continues:
The final significant changes of note are the adoption of ESENT, also known as Jet, for the database engine, and the managed-code runtime. Rather than using the. NET Compact Framework from Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone "Apollo" uses the Core CLR
produced by the Developer Division at Microsoft. "
Having Windows 8 on your phone does not mean you will be able to run random applications. All binaries still need to be signed with a Microsoft certificate, according to the post.
The information sounds relatively authentic to me, and I wish more was revealed. However to me the odds of Windows Phone 8 running a version of the Windows 8 kernel, with all its associated implications, has just increased by 10.
See the post at 4pda.ru.
Thanks Roman for the tip.