Note: the first few screenshots were low quality, the later images are fine once the connection improved. I’ll update the images once the session is downloadable
- Shared core between Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsofts-windows-phone-8-finally-gets-a-real-windows-core/12975)
- Windows Phone 7.5 apps will work on Windows Phone 8 (All existing apps in the Windows Phone marketplace will be automatically recompiled for Windows Phone 8)
- 2 new screen resolutions for a total of 3. (now supports a HD720 screen).
- New “company hub” that corporate IT can push apps to.
- Now has native support for in app purchases.
- No direct upgrade for existing Windows Phone 7 devices 😦
But some features coming in a 7.8 update, such as new start screen http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/20/3096945/windows-phone-7-8-upgrade-no-windows-phone-8-existing-devices
- SQLite engine is a shared platform library, can be used on WP8 & Win8
- Audible app available for download today
- Words with friends coming this year.
- Great full overview of new features on the verge blog http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/20/3096667/windows-phone-8-screenshots-features-nfc-start-screen-dual-core
- During the demo, Joe Belfiore is using a dual-core, HD screen, NFC supporting prototype Nokia phone. Not a retail model.