Windows 8 Kernel for Windows Phone 8 may NOT happen

Or not..?

After the recent leak by Pocketnow and confirmation by Paul Thurrott, one would have though it was  a sure thing that the next version of Windows Phone will run on the NT Windows 8 kernel.

Not so fast says The Register, who claims to have spoken to insiders who are not so sure that this idea will come to fruition.

Quoting sources close to Microsoft , they note the leak is true, but say no decision has been taken to base the mobile platform on the Windows 8 kernel.

They note the information leaked was real, but should be thought of as more of a blueprint, a wish-list, than a concrete roadmap, say sources. In particular, the decision to throw out the 15-year-old Windows CE kernel in favour of the even older Windows NT/XP/Vista/7 kernel has not been finalised.

The Register throws a further spanner in the works by claiming Tango, which targets low end devices should power devices available on the market “by the end of the year”. This of course implies a 2013 Apollo release date.

The information does not chime with our roadmap leaked at the end of last year, but of course roadmaps can often wander and delays are common.

On the other hand the Windows Phone 7 team executed brilliantly when it came to Mango, when numerous pundits claimed the OS will inevitably be delayed to 2012. Hopefully they can maintain the same momentum this year.

Read more at the Register here.

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