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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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