Microsoft SVP and Windows Phone Manager Joe Belfiore recently hosted a video that revealed the upcoming features of Windows Phone 8. WP8 has the codename “Apollo” and the video was intended for partners at Nokia. Below is a list of the features.
Belfiore said that the main theme of Windows Phone 8 will be scale and choice. Apollo will see support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions, and removable microSD card storage. NFC radios will be supported to support mobile payments. Tap-to-share capabilities will work across multiple platforms, which will allow desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones to share content.
Windows Phone 8 will have many of the same components as the desktop Windows 8 operating system. Many developers will be able to reuse most of their code when porting an app from the desktop to the smartphone. This includes the kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia support.
The Xbox Companion app that is currently on Windows Phone will have a partner client on Windows 8. When Windows Phone 8 launches, Microsoft expects 100,000 apps to be in the Marketplace. Native code support will be added, which will enable more powerful applications and easy porting of code from apps that were originally developed for iOS and Android.
A revamped Skype client that hooks directly into the operating system will be created. Skype calls on Windows Phone will work almost identically to regular non-VoIP telephony.
The camera will be based around the lens app. It will have smile detection, burst mode, and can be overlaid with viewfinders from third-parties.
Windows Phone 8 is going to have native BitLocker encryption, which is the same 128-bit full-disk encryption found on Microsoft’s most recent desktop platform.