According to Pocketnow, they've seen a video hosted by senior vice president and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore (see our interview) meant for Nokia and their partners. In the video, new details of Windows Phone 8 (aka 'Apollo') are revealed, of which there are many.
- Four new screen resolutions (though exact dimensions not revealed)
- Multicore processors
- NFC support for a new "Wallet experience" e.g. wireless payments and tap-to-share
- Removable microSD storage
- Based on Windows 8 kernel, not WinCE: Reuse of Windows 8 Desktop code for Windows Phone apps i.e. kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia support
- Zune Desktop is going away in exchange for a more native, sync relationship application i.e. the return of ActiveSync
- Richer Skydrive support for things like sharing music between devices (Xbox, desktop, phone)
- "The New Familiar" may be a tagline for Windows 8/Windows Phone 8
- More than 100,000 apps to be expected at Windows Phone 8 launch
- Local Scout WiFi "hotspot" integration to aggressively find free data connections; personal recommendations included
- Data usage glance-and-go support via Live Tile
- Server side data compression for Internet Explore 10 to reduce data traffic and speed up browsing
- 128-bit native BitLocker data encryption for Enterprise
That certainly is a lot and we're sure just the tip of the iceberg in regards to Windows Phone 8. Clearly Microsoft is gearing up to talk about WP8 in the next few months, so we should start to expect a steady flow of information coming forward soon. What do you folks think? Pleased with the direction Microsoft is heading?
Update: Paul Thurrott is now confirming all the information from the video.