Microsoft offers sneak peek at Windows Phone 8 "shared core"
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone, announced that the next generation of Windows device will feature a "shared Windows core." Meaning, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will have common code, making the user experience more seamless between desktop computer and Windows Phone 8.
Belfiore stressed that Microsoft would not reveal any end-user experience previews, rather focus on the platform.
The Windows Phone 8 platform will also feature a "native game development platform based on DirectX." Video game developers will be able to write the same code for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Other updates include the Nokia mapping technology, native NFC coding, encryption and secure boot and a new Windows Phone 8 start screen. Users will be able to further customize the tiles on the Windows Phone.
It's been a busy week for the Redmond, Wash. company. On Monday, Microsoft announced the Surface tablet, which runs on Windows 8.
The Microsoft Surface features a 10.6-inch display, a full version of the Windows 8 operating system, Gorilla Glass, a built in kickstand and a tactile multi-touch keyboard.
Windows Phone 8 will ship on phones this fall.
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