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Microsoft Sets Record Straight: Win.Phone 8 Needs New Hardware

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Microsoft Sets Record Straight: Win.Phone 8 Needs New Hardware

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The Windows phone summit just ended a few hours ago. As expected the summit was dedicated to present Microsoft’s new Windows Phone OS : the Windows Phone 8.

Like many of you out there, I was so excited about the summit and I wanted to know about the new features in Windows Phone8 , but  I also wanted to know if the current windows phone devices would be upgraded to WP8 ? The answer is no .

Greg Sullivan explained that the reason behind this decision is the HARDWARE .He said:  “ the nature of the investment [in Windows Phone 8] is primarily in areas that are not exploitable by existing hardware.”

But the current devices will get another update , it is the Windows Phone 7.8.

Basically, Windows Phone 7.8 is a Windows Phone 8 without the hardware part. It will have  the new start screen with the customizable tiles. Tiles will have three sizes just like in Windows Phone 8 . It is up to the user to choose the size that suits him best. Tiles will also have new colors.

Although it is very realistic that the current devices will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 because of the hardware’s big changes , users ( at least those on my Twitter Timeline ) aren’t very happy with  the  fact that they will have to get new devices if they want to have the Windows Phone 8 ,  especially those who have Nokia Lumia 900 phones.

Cheer up Windows Phone users , you will have nearly the same experience as the Windows Phone 8 Clignement d'œil

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Published at DZone with permission of Rabeb Othmani, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

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