Windows Phone 7 has been the phone with a completely new interface. It is optimized phone OS but had less number of features compared to Android. Now Microsoft is bucking up to be in the competition with other phones available in the market with its new updated OS – Windows Phone 8 or Apollo. Windows Phone is so optimized that it is able to run smoothly on a 800Mhz processor when compared to Android ICS which requires multiple core CPU’s to run smoothly.
WMPoweruser has found that the leaked roadmap shows an expected release of Apollo(Windows phone 8) in Q4 2012.
Have a look at the Windows Phone 8 home screens
Here is a look at some of the highlighted features available on Windows Phone 8:
- Multi-core processor support – Windows Phone was a slick OS that ran smoothly on handsets with a single processor. The latest OS now features multi-core support.
- Bigger, sharper screens – Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.
- More flexible storage – Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.
- NFC wireless sharing – In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.
- Internet Explorer 10 – The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
- Wallet – Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info right at one’s fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, users can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
- Better maps and directions – Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
- Improved apps and games – Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games.
Microsoft is working on improvements in a slow and steady manner to conquer the mobile, Desktop and tablet market. It has developed the OS such that the same app developed for Desktop version would work on all the three platforms with little work. This would give a boost to the development of the apps as the developers have work hard on only one app and that could be transport to other devices easily.