Some unannounced Windows Phone 8 details


In the early part of the Windows Phone 8 presentation yesterday Paul Thurrot published an expose on the OS, expecting Microsoft to tell a lot more.

In the end however, while Microsoft said a lot, it was still a tease, and Paul’s 3200 word post still had more details, some which were not mentioned at all by Microsoft, which I will tease out below.

  • Windows Phone 8 will be delivered in Q4 2012
  • Microsoft is targeting Windows 8 users with the OS, convincing them to adopt the phone also
  • Windows Phone 8 will focus on seamless communication, lighting up the world around you, smarter apps, and business use.
  • Low-end Windows Phone 8 phones will last year’s high end features.
  • Windows Phone 8 will indeed include a new cloud-based browser proxy service that limits the amount of data used by Internet Explorer 10 and apps by compressing web traffic, similar to the Kindle Fire Browser, and which will save about 30% in bandwidth usage.
  • It will also save data by handing off to Wi-Fi whenever possible.
  • You will be able to see data use on an app by app basis using the Datasmart app and Local Scout will help you find WIFI hotspots.
  • The OS will feature automatic connection to WIFI networks owned by carriers.
  • The version of WinRT API used in WP8 is called WinRTP (WinRT Phone)
  • You cannot write a single app that runs on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Windows RT but you can easily port an app from Windows 8/RT to Windows Phone 8.
  • WP8 will feature Play To, and Play on Xbox and of course Smartglass.
  • You will  be able to manage your Windows Phone 8 handset from your PC using a new Metro-style sync app or from the web, over the air.
  • You will be able to share content from your PC or tablet to the phone using standard home networking sharing technologies.
  • You will be able to use SkyDrive not just for documents and pictures, but also for music and videos, and access them directly from new Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps.
  • You will be able to browse files on your phone using SkyDrive on the web, as you can do with PCs and copy content back and forth.
  • The Games hub is being replaced by an Xbox LIVE Games app
  • Skype will be more deeply integrated in Windows Phone 8, but it’s still a standalone app that can be removed by the user, the carrier, or the hardware maker, and not a deeply integrated component of Windows Phone 8.
  • Local Scout will offer a new personal recommendations feature
  • In Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has partnered with Nokia to offer a dramatically better Camera, one that offers a “world class” experience that’s “mind-blowing.”
  • Microsoft is adding app-to-app communication using the same contracts functionality found in Windows 8.
  • Marketplace will offer tailored recommendations such as Top Free Apps, Top Apps for You, New and Notable, much like Windows 8, based on your previous searches and downloads
  • Windows Phone 8 will include new Office 2013-based Office apps.

Quite a list, and this is just an excerpt with the unannounced details.

Read the full caboodle at WinSupersite here.

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