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Windows Phone 8 Details

Windows 8 isn't just great for PC clients, tablets and servers -- there's also a SmartPhone version on the line. Of course what would an unreleased product be without a code name? Instead of just calling it Windows Phone 8, Microsoft refers to it as "Apollo."

While Apollo may have been the Greek God of the sun, the name is not all positive. Do you really want to name your next product in a market where you are already losing after a doomed spacecraft? How about Titanic or Mount Vesuvius instead?

Always the optimist, Microsoft is packing this new OS with tighter integration with its tablets and PCs – it's trying to turn the phone into a client for your base computing device. Of course, the phone OS will use the Metro interface, which could be as ubiquitous as windows and dialog boxes in years to come.

The integration is largely based on shared components. If the phone OS has much the same stack as the PC/tablet client, it ought to interoperate!

Best expert guesses? This baby ships by year's end with about 100,000 apps ready to roll.
What will it take for Microsoft to take a commanding place in the smartphone world? Your best advice welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/06/2012 at 1:19 PM


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