UPDATE: here’s a closer look at Windows Phone 8 (Video).
Microsoft just announced their upcoming mobile OS, previously codenamed Apollo, as Windows Phone 8. They detailed and previewed 8 new platform features centered around a “shared core” strategy with Windows 8.
Windows Phone 8 will feature support for multi-core processors, two more resolutions (720p HD – 1280×720, 16:9; WXGA – 1280×768, 15:9), microSD cards, NFC and SIM technology for a competitive mobile wallet experience, native code for “killer games,” an improved Web browser with Internet Explorer 10, and built-in Nokia Maps with turn-by-turn directions and offline mode. Furthermore, Microsoft has redesigned the Start Screen, making it more personable and customizable.
Devices running Windows Phone 8 will be available this fall. Unfortunately, current Windows Phone 7.x handsets will not be upgraded to WP8, however, there will be a Windows Phone 7.8 update that brings some of its software features, specifically the new Start Screen.
Check out some of the slides from the keynote below.