All about Windows Phone 8

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Know the major developments brought the new mobile operating system Microsoft

All about Windows Phone 8

Loe Belfiore, Microsoft’s vice president, has Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco

Microsoft continues in what could be considered his “informal season ads,” but this time it is not only new hardware like the Tablet Surface, butthe mobile version of Windows . Being based on Windows CE, Windows Phone has certain advantages, but there are serious limitations compared to what are new features, new services and better hardware. In order to solve these points and more intimate associate the mobile operating system with the development of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8 , extending its plan to “put Windows everywhere.”

Mobile operating systems are increasingly complex, there is nothing new there. Back in history have been those samples almost impossible to update firmware, but that had a very hard act to strength even in these days. Now we have smartphones that are true handheld computers.Multiple cores, advanced video, several methods of connectivity and application legions are just some elements within an ecosystem to absorb quickly any evolutionary leap. Taking all this into account, and viewed from an angle, one could conclude that Windows Phone 7.5 update requires a high level. After all, is based on Windows CE, a code known for the people of Redmond, but that it takes a long time with us.

According to Microsoft, the answer to this need upgrade comes withWindows Phone 8. the first sentence that took off in the presentation is“code sharing” . What does this mean? Basically, Windows CE is replaced by technology found in Windows 8. Both WP8 as Windows 8 will have a shared kernel, but this is not the only association to be between them. Several elements in the major operating system, from security to support extra hardware will be present in Windows Phone 8 with this combination. The major hardware changes are support for multiple cores (large debt in WP 7.5), a total of three resolutions (WVGA, WXGA and 720p, which ironically has no support in Metro under Windows 8), and the addition of support for MicroSD cards.

Internet Explorer 10

Another example of integration between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 is nothing less than Internet Explorer 10 . Microsoft promises todouble the HTML5 support , and deliver up to four times the performance offered here JavaScript, which is reasonable if we add dual-core smartphone to the equation. A curious detail is that Microsoft used as a reference a score based on the SunSpider test. Internet Explorer 10 in Windows Phone 8 is located in the order of 1.250 milliseconds, versus almost two thousand of Safari on iPhone OS 6. Talk about a “race of navigators” in mobile environments would be a hasty and illogical because each browser is used on a different platform, but it’s not bad to see that the speed benefits that were achieved in desktop browsers begin to find its way into mobile platforms.

Another hot spot has been gaining traction among mobile in recent months is the NFC support. This technology appears to be in “their” time, and Windows Phone 8 recognizes this by adding official support. In addition to transferring data between two smartphones, the NFC course focuses on financial transactions, credit card association and membership cards through the new application “Wallet”, which plays the role of digital wallet (and their presence depends on the supplier, should be added). Another addition to Windows Phone 8 is none other than Nokia Maps, including directions “turn by turn” and offline support. The Nokia mapping system has been one of the most recognized in the 900 Lumia , and would be a big mistake by Redmond ignore this.

There was no way that the announcement of the modification of the home screen on Windows Phone 8 could surprise us. Logically, the Metro style dominates one end to the other, and each user will have greater flexibility for customization, altering the size and position of each block to your liking. The hardware acceleration is making the rounds here, and this is due to native support for DirectX (Direct3D) in the system, other benefits received from the integration of the code. This is an particualmente attractive to developers who wish to move their games to a desktop version build supports Windows Phone 8. Microsoft also showed some demos with Havok, so the physical support should be guaranteed.

Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8 the importance of business environment, and that’s how we find elements of style “Safe Boot” , support for device encryption, remote administration and the “Company Hub” which will allow a company monitor alerts, and other applications available. Office has also been mentioned at the conference, so Windows Phone 8 should be an option to consider for any company. Not so with Windows 8, which predicts a frosty reception because of the interface Metro. Something has definitely noticed is how Microsoft has integrated IP telephony in the operating system. Practically there is no difference between a VoIP call and a call conventional, as work under the same interface. VoIP applications will continue to operate in the background, and this is something that will be available to any developer.

As expected, the trend has its price, and Windows Phone 8 is no exception. The first thing a Windows Phone 7.5 thought is if you receive a direct upgrade to WP8 on your device, and unfortunately, the answer is no. In an attempt to unify environments as well as possible,Microsoft offered to WP 7.5 users upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8, incorporating various elements of WP8, though certainly not all. The Phantom of the fast fragmentation was present, but beyond the fears, it could not consider this fragmentation “real” as it would be an almost similar to the one between Windows XP and Windows 7 today. Why “almost” then? L as applications that are created for Windows Phone 8 may not be executed on devices with Windows Phone 7.x, although one hundred thousand applications available on the Marketplace under WP8 work smoothly. The decision is understandable, because this change in Windows Phone hardware needs solid. However, it has a bad touch. Lumia The Nokia 900 has only two months on the market, and as of today is a product “legacy” you can not get to WP8. There is good information to stimulate sales in the coming months.

Merged platforms

And speaking of sales, Microsoft said to Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, HTC and Qualcomm(through its Snapdragon MSM8960 SoC) as partners to launch first-order hardware compatible with Windows Phone 8. All updates will be OTA (over-the-air), and the devices will receive updates for at least 18 months. The first smartphones compatible should make an appearance on the market during the autumn.

Redmond has merged completely to their platforms. Be smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer, the end user will find essentially the same technology in all of them. Of course, some doubt remains. On the one hand, it has not said anything about power consumption. On the other hand, will require a closer look at the reaction of suppliers to the VoIP integration, which was seen as a direct rival. The good part is that with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft not only introduces great features, but most important corrects errors and eliminates the most serious limitations of Windows Phone 7.5. The downside is that the backward compatibility of hardware flying through the air. With Windows Phone 8 the situation should be much more stable, but will not be long before the price and availability start playing your game. We will be waiting.


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