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Microsoft will relax hardware specifications for Windows Phone 8

Will nick the NT OS kernel from Windows 8
Fri Feb 03 2012, 15:06

SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft will relax the hardware specifications for its upcoming Windows Phone 8 (WP8) operating system (OS), as revealed by details that have been leaked.

A video of Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Windows Phone manager has revealed that the upcoming Microsoft mobile OS will finally ditch the Windows CE kernel and use a cut down version of the Windows NT kernel that will be shipped in the Windows 8 PC OS.

According to Pocketnow, Belfiore said the operating system will support four display resolutions, near-field communications chips and even allow for microSD removable storage.

Long time Microsoft blogger Paul Thurott confirmed Pocketnow's Windows NT kernel claims, adding that existing Windows Phone applications will be able to run on WP8.

One of the most surprising aspects of the leak is the news that Microsoft might do away with using its Zune client to synchronise Windows Phone devices with desktops and laptops. It will essentially go back to an updated version of Activesync, the application used for years by the buggy and woeful Windows Mobile OS.

Microsoft's WP8 operating system is expected to make its debut later this year. It will be interesting to see how much customisation, if any, Nokia will manage to do with the WP8 OS to make it stand out from other equally anonymous handsets. µ


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