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A Windows Phone with a Windows Heart

The Windows operating system is big. Smartphones are small. This isn't stopping Microsoft from basing Windows Phone 8 on the actual Windows kernel.

The new Windows Phone 8 OS, due this fall (just when the new iPhone is expected) will run Metro -- which won't be a big adjustment for Windows Phone 7 users, I expect.

I'm kind of surprised that a phone OS due in the fall is getting details released this late in the game.

The advantage to using the Windows kernel is all the years of third-party development and the hundreds of thousands of commercial and corporate developers whose wares can be adapted to smartphones.

As to the phones themselves, they will have screens up to 1280x768, run IE 10, and are designed for intensive gaming and to serve as true enterprise computing devices.

And of this last point I am 100 percent sure of. I can't imagine that an Android or iPhone would integrate better with a Microsoft IT environment, though they aren't slouches in that department.

Microsoft has its work cut out for it on these phones -- even though reviewers often give Microsoft phones good marks.

Just yesterday my son David turned 19 and his Android phone is flaking. He wants a new iPhone and is trying to decide if he should wait until the fall for iPhone 5. If only he had known Windows Phone 8 is coming at the same time and is based on the Windows 8 kernel!

What does Microsoft have to do to get some phone respect? Tell a friend at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/22/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Sun, Jun 24, 2012 John Canberra Australia

What’s with the “Android phone is flaking”? Electronic systems don’t wear out that quickly and the OS doesn’t wear out at all – that is unless there is some sort of deliberately implemented “wear-out” system such as a usage clock (can be in both hardware and software) that starts introducing problems. Short of physical abuse or extremely poor practices, a phone should keep working for years. Why then, do we have to keep replacing our phones?

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 80s Rocker

I hope that the Win8 phones that are released make Sprint and Verizon carry more options. If they do not I might have to consider dropping Sprint and go with AT&T or another provider that has a good Win8 phone selection. I am really hoping that Sprint gets one of the Nokia Win8 phone (like the Lumina 900).

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 80s Rocker

Your last paragrash about your son does not make sense, if he has not decided whether to wait or not to get the iPhone 5. If he decided to wait on the iPhone5, he can also take a look at the new Win8 phones coming out.

Fri, Jun 22, 2012

When I heard of the shared kernel, I immediately thought that Microsoft's MinWin efforts finally paid off. MinWin is more than just the kernel. It's the minimum set of files to make a functional, bootable Windows OS (sans a GUI). Last I heard it was around 25 megs in size and required 40 megs of RAM. Microsoft haters weaned on an endless diet of Microsoft 'bloat' sneers won't get how they can make Windows Phone 8 work. My problem is the opposite direction. The latest MinWin OS with Metro slapped on top and a stripped Windows 7 UI bolted on is not very satisfying on a PC.

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 Jon

I've been waiting for Verizon to get a phone like the Lumia 900 to dump my Droid X. I guess the forced wait was worth it. I'll now get one of the new WP8 models.

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