Windows Phone: Redefined

Windows Phone: Redefined

posted Friday Jun 22, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Windows Phone: Redefined

Microsoft had a very big week. Between redefining Microsoft Surface and a major Windows Phone event, they are showing the new way they do business, and it is a positive change indeed. Windows Phone 8, officially announced Wednesday morning, is a massive improvement on the Windows Phone concept. In addition to some significant interface enhancements, they also changed the technology powering the OS. Unlike WinPho7, WinPho8 is powered by the same core technologies that power Windows 8. This means a wider range of hardware support, more development choices and, of course, performance enhancements.

The new core will allow existing WinPho7 apps to continue to run, recompiled by Microsoft themselves, with no need for developer interaction. It also allows for future development to be done with any of Microsoft's core technologies, like C#, VB.net or F#. It also allows app development with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. While seasoned developers might not be interested in developing with web tech, it will lower the entry barrier for new developers getting into mobile. It also allows for a more write-it-on, publish-it-everywhere approach for developers who also have to deal with Apple and Android.

The core technology changes allow for better development choices, but it also allows for some nifty interaction updates. Hit the break to find out what they have added.

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