Details about the Window Phone 8 platform have leaked, with the next major addition of the mobile operating system set to tie closely to the forthcoming desktop edition.
Key features expected to be found in Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo, include full-device encryption, Internet Explorer (IE) 10 Mobile, Skydrive integration and near-field communication (NFC) capabilities, according to Paul Thurrott from the Supersite for Windows blog.
Microsoft will add support for multi-core processors, four screen resolutions, and a micro-SD card slot as it aims to make the platform more competitive against the Android and iOS platforms.
The Windows Phone platform already offers a number of enterprise friendly features including Mobile Office and native support for Outlook.
Windows Phone 8 will add native BitLocker 128-bit encryption, the same full-disk encryption found on desktop platforms. IT admins will also be able to deploy proprietary, tailored software from behind enterprise firewalls.
To help users keep on top of their data usage, Microsoft will include a DataSmart app that will provide a breakdown of consumption.
The inclusion of IE 10 will also aim to reduce the amount of data needed to load web pages by up to 30 per cent.
Over 100,000 apps are tipped to be available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and apps are expected to be backward compatible. Microsoft also plans to make it easier for developers to port code from programs initially developed for iOS or Android.
Despite purchasing Skype in mid-2010, Windows 8 is unlikely to have an integrated VoIP client. Microsoft plans to offer an improved Skype app for now.
There are suggestions that Microsoft will scrap its iTunes-like Zune platform in favour of a dedicated syncing application, but Thurrott was unable to confirm this.
Although there is no confirmed date as to when Windows Phone 8 will be released, Thurrott added that it will be close to the Windows 8 launch.
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