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

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:

source: WPDang, CNET via WMPowerUser



1. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011


2. Nullstring

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

I believe WP8 now opens the API

3. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

4. mightyillidan

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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!

12. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

it's a mock phone :(

15. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

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

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

One day we'll have Crysis on Windows Phone

8. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

now this is great news... always dreamed of a phone running similar software/systems as PC no apple no android just Windows...

9. Humboldt1

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 29, 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

10. toystore

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

13. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

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

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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