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

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:




"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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14 Comments

1. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 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

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

skydrive intergration and more storage for skydrive

9. tegradragon

Posts: 68; Member since: May 23, 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.

11. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

you mean Siri like speech assistant?

5. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I thought rumors suggest there will be deeper cloud integration.

3. greatGreekGeek unregistered

up to 64 cores?!

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Server Grade Phones

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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!

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

8. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 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

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

10. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 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

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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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