Windows Phone Apollo: What to expect


Windows Phone 7 is already becoming an established brand, but Microsoft is steady at work on the next installment of Windows Phone, which is code-named Apollo.

Nokia executive Michael Halbherr has told Engadget that we can expect the new version sometime mid-2012, but Microsoft was quick to play this down. Regardless, the new version of the OS is in the makings, and here are some of the expectations:

“We won’t have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets — they’ll all come together,” Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Division, said in July.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said in September that he expects Windows 8 to be capable of running Windows Phone apps. With the Metro UI of Mango uses, you can envision the run-time environment: a “panorama” of what the Windows Phone app shows.

Halbherr also mentioned the possibility of adding near-field communication support, eliminating the need for those credit card readers. Android is already expected to use this technology, and Apple is interested as well.

Well, that’s all the info we have about Apollo right now. But before Apollo hits, you can expect some minor OS updates in the meantime: code-name Tango is just around the corner.

[via PCWorld]

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