by Anton Shilov
10/05/2012 | 06:54 AM
Microsoft Corp. has set the date for the official launch of Windows Phone 8 operating system that is expected to bring the software giant back into the smartphone game. Apparently, Windows Phone 8 will be released just three days after Windows 8 for PCs, on October 29, 2012.
Microsoft has sent out invitations to various media outlets, calling them to attend "Meet Windows Phone 8" event in San Francisco on October 29, 2012. The image published on a variety of web-sites clearly points to official launch press conference concerning the Windows Phone 8 operating system. What is uncertain is whether Microsoft intends to start selling Windows Phone 8-based smartphones in late October, or the new platform will materialize commercially only in November.
It is interesting to note that the smartphone depicted on the invitation flyer carries the same logotype as full-featured Windows 8 and has support for 4G/LTE. Potentially, this means that all Windows Phone 8-powered handsets will support 4G/LTE, which points to premium features, yet means high prices.
Windows Phone 8 and the operating system for PCs will share common networking, security, media and Internet Explorer 10 web browser technology, and a common file system, which will translate in a PC user experience on a mobile phone. In addition, Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core microprocessors to boost performance and improve multitasking; higher resolution screens - 1280x768 and 1280x720; removable MicroSD cards; UEFI boot protocol to enhance security; support for encryption of the whole device; remote management; NFC wireless sharing for photos, Office docs, and contacts; Wallet application to keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info; improved maps and other useful features.
Windows Phone 8 has full C and C++ support, making it easier to write apps for multiple platforms more quickly. It also means Windows Phone 8 supports popular gaming middleware such as Havok Vision Engine, Autodesk Scaleform, Audiokinetic Wwise, and Firelight FMOD, as well as native DirectX-based game development. Since WP7-generation phones do not support C/C++, they will not run apps designed specifically for WP8 and better devices.
Windows Phone 8 will support a total of 50 languages; Windows Phone Marketplace, the store for apps and games, will support app downloads in over 180 countries.