Windows Phone fans will surely have something to smile about now. Greg Sullivan, Senior Product manager for Windows Phone, has revealed to Pocket-lint that what the company has shown of the Windows Phone 8 so far forms a minority of the complete set of WP8's features for end consumers, and plenty more are to come. Sullivan was quoted as saying, “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 release has a significant amount of new functionality for developers and IT pros in particular, and because of the planning cycles involved in getting them the information they need to take advantage of the release when it hits, we thought it was important to confirm and prepare them. Which is partly why we didn't detail all the consumer features.”
More features coming soon…
After the announcement of Microsoft Surface, the software giant also gave a sneak peek of their swanky new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. The currently showcased bouquet of features include:
- Multi-core processor support – Windows Phone was a slick OS that ran smoothly on handsets with a single processor. The latest OS now features multi-core support with Belfoire, claiming that they’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
- Bigger, sharper screens – Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.
- More flexible storage – Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.
- NFC wireless sharing – In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.
- Internet Explorer 10 – The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
- Wallet – Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info right at one’s fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, users can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
- Better maps and directions – Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia Maps as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
- Improved apps and games – Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of apps and games.
The complete list of features hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re sure they’ll surface in the coming months, so stay tuned for more updates.