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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Developer Summit. Before I start, existing Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) users will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 due to hardware differences and hence they will be getting a minor update dub Windows Phone 7.8 in a few weeks time that bring some changes to the start screen for existing users.

Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Start Screen

My summary of Windows Phone 8 from the summit:


Existing Users
As mentioned earlier, if you an existing Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) user, your phone will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8, but instead Microsoft is “kind” enough to port some of the features including UI changes of the start screen from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 7.8 and you will be able to get WP7.8 soon. Take a look at Engadget’s article preview of Windows Phone 7.8 running on Nokia Lumia 900 [1].

If you are intending of getting any WP7.5 phones now, I suggest you wait till WP8 is out, if not your phone will be Dead On Arrival (DOA).

Microsoft tries not to make the same mistake for WP8 and they are promising updates for at least 18 months.

For more detailed preview on Windows Phone 8, check out The Verge article entitled, Windows Phone 8 in detail: new Start Screen, multi-core support, VoIP integration, and NFC [2].

Official Blog: Announcing Windows Phone 8 [3]