The much awaited, Windows Phone 8 is out. Brings in a lot of features, rather fill-in-the-gap-features like NFC (with NFC payment support), support three resolutions in total: WVGA, WXGA, and 720p, multicore support, micro SD card support.

On the software end there’s a new Wallet hub, Payments, deeper integration of Skype and VOIP, and an updated Start Screen interface with support for small tiles and IE 10, Nokia Maps as default mapping software, Enterprise and business features that will allow this class of users to have their private marketplace support, means enterprise can distribute build and distribute s/w for their employees alone. OTA update support, more new apps with in app purchase support, some REAL games (ex NOVA 3), Direct X,  Native development for porting apps from different platform, Speech recognition and response to app,  and lots of interesting software stories,

WINDOWS PHONE 8 adapts NT kernel, which in-turn helps them to share the same kernel, file system, media foundation, device drivers, and parts of the security model from Windows 8.

Developers will get access to new tools and an updated SDK later this summer that are based on Visual Studio 2012 — supporting apps for both Windows Phone and Windows Phone 8.

Bummer,

The exisiting WP 7.5 users wont be able to upgrade to WP8 officially (But, might be possible unofficially – Check this http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=10653). Features that they would get is a new start screen and tons of Love from Nokia!

Windows Phone 8 is destined to release by this fall.

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