Windows Phone Summit

Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft is pushing its ecosystem hard today at the Windows Phone Summit, stressing just how much  Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will work together in NFC-enabled harmony. As well as being based on the same underlying core, the two platforms are intended to hook up more readily than previous iterations could. Microsoft's concept demo took Windows Phone to a restaurant, with everything from ordering through to payment done with Windows hardware.

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In-app purchases featured in Windows Phone 8

In-app purchases featured in Windows Phone 8

A nice new feature that Microsoft is adding to Windows Phone 8 is the ability to conduct in-app purchases. The feature has been part of iOS and Android for some time, and now it’s making an appearance in Windows Phone 8. Developers will be able to add the functionality with the new OS, and customers will be able to use financial information stored in the Wallet app to purchase any additional content or upgrades within apps.

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Windows Phone 8 Start Screen gets major reboot

Windows Phone 8 Start Screen gets major reboot

Saying that it was "the sexiest thing in Windows Phone 8", Microsoft's Joe Belfiore let the world know that it was all about to change at the Windows Phone Developer Summit, front to back. Live Tiles have been at the base of the Windows Phone 7 experience from the start, and here in Windows Phone 8, they've been given a whole new life with not one or two new sizes, but three. In Windows Phone 8 there will be a tile that's square at standard medium, one at small, and one at large "double-wide", as it were.

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Windows Phone 8 adds Nokia Maps: Offline maps, navigation, more

Windows Phone 8 adds Nokia Maps: Offline maps, navigation, more

Windows Phone 8 will have Nokia Maps built-in, Microsoft has confirmed today at the Windows Phone Summit, with offline mapping and turn-by-turn directions. The unsurprising inclusion means that Bing Maps has been retired on Windows Phone, with Nokia's NAVTEQ subsidiary providing mapping data for the native Maps app on handsets, as well as for third-party developers with an open API.

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Windows Phone 8 goes big with DirectX and native code development

Windows Phone 8 goes big with DirectX and native code development

This week Microsoft is pushing 8 new platform details for their new Windows Phone 8 release at the developer conference which will bring on the last several steps before the big jump - and gaming is right at the core. In the announcement of a gaming focus for Windows Phone 8, it was revealed that not only would developers be given a bit more focus than they have in the past, but Microsoft would be allowing "native code developers" to work on this next-generation operating system.

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Windows Phone 8: Multi-core, 720p displays, microSD and NFC Wallet Hub

Windows Phone 8: Multi-core, 720p displays, microSD and NFC Wallet Hub

Microsoft has addressed hardware complaints about Windows Phone, confirming that Windows Phone 8 will support not only multi-core processors but a range of display sizes. Rather than the single-core devices with WVGA touchscreens, new Windows Phones will also support chips with two or more cores along with up to 720p 1280 x 720 16:9 displays. Plus there's news on storage and NFC.

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