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More evidence surfaces for Windows Phone 8 running on Windows 8’s NT kernel

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More evidence surfaces for Windows Phone 8 running on Windows 8’s NT kernel
Windows Phone’s next big update is truly going to be huge - it will bring the operating system to version 8 and along with that will introduce change to the very core of the mobile platform. More evidence has surfaced cementing the notion that Windows Phone 8 will run on the NT kernel, the same kernel Microsoft uses in Windows 8. This will mean that Windows CE is finally become history after more than 15 years of service.

In layman's terms, a kernel is the main element of an operating system bridging communication between apps and the actual hardware on a device. Windows Phone is built to be kernel-neutral, so the change won't affect existing application.

WPDang dug deep in the registries of the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview and found a snipped showing “PhoneNT.” This is a clear reference to Windows Phone 8 using the NT kernel. What’s more, this was reportedly not included in the preview of WIndows 8 released earlier.

The use of NT kernel will mark a departure from the existing Windows CE kernel on current versions of Windows Phone. The NT kernel opens a world of possibilities with wider support for USB Host, expandable external storage (Windows Phone currently does not support microSD cards) and more chips and resolutions. This should also benefit both users and developers as Microsoft will basically need to update one system, rather than many and programmers would be able to reuse much of the code they write for Windows 8 in Windows Phone 8. 

We’ve heard rumors about WP8 adopting NT back in late 2011 and Microsoft has long been cleaning the NT kernel in order for it to be clear and efficient enough for mobile. Former Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft Hal Berenson mentioned back in November:

“Switching to the NT kernel should have no impact on existing WP7 applications as those apps have no direct access to Windows CE.  This really should be a very seamless move for both applications and end-users.  The ODMs (original design manufacturers) and carriers are really the only ones who have significant work to do since drivers or any other native mode software they wrote will need to be ported or rewritten. But things written with Silverlight/.NET/XNA should just work.  I guess there might be a caveat for apps that use some esoteric feature that Microsoft decides to deprecate, but since most such features would only have been exposed in Mango I doubt Microsoft would have exposed them at all if they didn’t plan on carrying them over to WP8,” Berenson summarized for CNET.

source: WPDang, CNET via WMPowerUser

More evidence surfaces for Windows Phone 8 running on Windows 8’s NT kernel

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posted on 05 Mar 2012, 04:08 4

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


AWWW YEAAAH!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 04:21

2. Nullstring (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


I believe WP8 now opens the API

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 06:33 2

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


i kant wait for them to start lauching windows 8 phones and tablets there going to eat into apple and android shares

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 07:55 2

4. mightyillidan (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


its a bit out of topic but whats da phone in the pic i like its design allot

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:08

11. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


same, like that design too..

but, oh, my.. seems like many form of devices are getting connected to each other even more seamlessly.. kudos to that! Now maybe WP8 and a win8 tablet and PC will be one of the best ecosystem!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:40 1

12. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


it's a mock phone :(

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 08:46

15. Bluedroid (Posts: 57; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


It's a nokia concept phone by bobfreaking...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 08:15 4

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and thus, the lines between phone and true computer are officially being blurred. hallelujah!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 08:32 2

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is a shame that MS is only just now bringing their 'A' game to the phone/mobile party. It will be interesting to see how the WP8 handsets compete against Android and iOS.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 08:58

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


One day we'll have Crysis on Windows Phone

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 09:54

8. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


now this is great news...

always dreamed of a phone running similar software/systems as PC

no apple no android just Windows...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:14

9. Humboldt1 (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


@Droid_troll_doug- its obvious you're ANTI WP,congratulations,you win.

So was honeycomb androids A game? Or is key lime pie going to be?

Don't worry we'll wait for your battery to charge so you can answer the question.

Now that you shown the world your beloved droid is best from your comments,what's next? I guess you can blog about how cool key lime pie will be after jelly bean,if you've even got your ice cream sandwich yet.

Maybe change your name to DroidRage_Doug

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:37 1

10. toystore (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


In this case I'll buy, Nokia WP8. quality hardware with quality OS

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:19 1

13. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


im an android user. when I upgrade, I will shift to WP8

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:16

14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks the technology on a smart phone today is about as good as the tech on 2001
desktop computers. Smart phones are really handheld computers or at least can do the same thing as a hand held Computer and it is because of this that todays programmers can put window NT OS guts in them. you could run a full Microsoft office suite on them but that would be impractical because a smart phones screen is to small to work with. Maybe the idea of a Samsung pad phone is right on time since you can put a good modified Microsoft office suite on a smart phone. Wow how FAR
IS THIS SHRINKING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES GOING TO GO

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