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Microsoft says more consumer-facing features are in store for Windows Phone 8 than what was shown

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Microsoft says more consumer-facing features are in store for Windows Phone 8 than what was shown
Microsoft's WP8 product manager Greg Sullivan said in an interview that its company is not like Apple, and can't just announce something and have it final on the shelves in a few weeks, since it has to work with many hardware and software partners.

Therefore, he said Windows Phone 8 is still a work in progress, and its consumer-facing features will be more when the release time comes, compared to what was shown during last week's Developers Summit when WP8 was announced: "We showed a lot at the Sneak Peek event, in San Francisco, if you were a developer or an IT pro. Of the end-user consumer visible features and capabilities, we showed a minority of features at the event."

This revelation probably means that besides the new home screen we might actually get acquainted with that arched keyboard that leaked yesterday, and maybe a lot of other stuff that we will be patiently waiting for. Greg Sullivan also offered some insight into the decision-making process when developing Windows Phone the way it is now, before the rich hardware support of WP8:

We didn't [go with Windows architecture] because of a couple of dynamics that made it infeasible to do that at the time. The first is that Windows wasn't on ARM at that time. Could the phone team have down it? Yes I suppose, but that work hadn't been done yet.

The other reason is that the work we've done on Windows Phone 8 and the processors are different in a meaningful way from the previous generation or the ones that we are shipping on today.

At a risk of over simplifying it, the work on the SOCs [phone processors] today is hierarchy dominated by the modem chip and the apps processor is secondary to it, in the next generation that relationship is reversed and the apps processor is the boss.


"In 2009 it didn't seem a good idea to wait for multi-core processor support," Sullivan argued, since Apple's iPhone and Google's Android were already getting significant traction, and Microsoft wanted to setup its mobile efforts to get its foot in the door, and do the catching-up later, like it is doing now with Windows Phone 8, which will offer the multicore (up to 64 cores) and HD screen resolution support that the competition already does.

source: Pocket-lint

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posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:16 4

1. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I really hope there's gonna be cloud features. And I hope there's a speech assistant. Then wp can compete completely with its and android. We deserve competition in this world

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:39 3

2. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


skydrive intergration and more storage for skydrive

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:32 2

9. tegradragon (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


There's already a lot of Skydrive integration. I doubt they'll increase it more.
@12Danny12: It does have speech assistance too. They've teamed up with Audible for better speech recognition.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 06:27 1

11. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


you mean Siri like speech assistant?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:17

5. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I thought rumors suggest there will be deeper cloud integration.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:51 4

3. greatGreekGeek (unregistered)


up to 64 cores?!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:04 1

4. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Server Grade Phones

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:44 2

6. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


This is what the Android loving oems have been waiting for! Lets see if they will produce that 64 core phone! If not, then they're a bunch of lying, tricky, BS'ers!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:44 2

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


if they could bring the WP8 platform to a sub $100 and no ram rom issues that other apps wont run lumia 610, then im going to embrace WP!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:48 3

8. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I think Nokia will do that if you're talking about a on contract device.not of contract. If of contract if would likely be a mid range or low end

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 21:11

14. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


im talking about off contract... how could they possibly compete with low end android and cheap android china phones if they will only sell a sub $100 on contract? the galaxy y is rulng that part because it has cheap price tag and rich ecosystem...thats why nokia-microsoft should do something to deal wiith the very low end market!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:50

10. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I will buy a window ph 8 if u remove the 101 reasons not to buy a window phone,bcoz I m very scared of these limitations of windows 7 ph

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:12 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


How can you tell how huge of a company Microsoft is? By the fact they can AFFORD to be patient.

I always felt the WP 2010 launch was a "soft start", just something to get the new system out and see it in real life, try out updates, and optimize as they went. Nearly 2 years later, and they still are taking their time in getting information out, releasing the actual tablet and cell phone software to their OEM's and users, ect.

W8 is going to be a monster ecosystem. It better be, or MS will feel the after effects of this for years.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 11:25 1

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm glad they didn't rush because that might they ended badly. And whatever they are showing is satisfying. I just hope it'll gained more market share by next year.

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