The full 2-hour video of Microsoft introducing Windows Phone 8 has been posted to YouTube by “WMExperts.”
Microsoft revealed that Windows Phone 8 will offer a new camera app, Internet Explorer 10, near-field communication (NFC) for e-wallet capabilities, Nokia Maps, and Direct X support among other things, including (and most importantly) “Shared Windows Core.” Windows Phone 8 will share the same kernel and other elementary code with Windows 8. Current Windows Phone 7 users, including all eleven buyers of Nokia’s Lumia 900 phone, will be left out in the cold; Windows Phone 7.8 ((also due “this fall”) is the “best” they’ll ever be able to do.
The following Microsoft presentation was conducted at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California on June 20th, 2012.
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote of Windows Phone back on October 27, 2011:
Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).
The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too [with Windows 8/RT]. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.
This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: “Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.”
The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over four years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and “claim to be innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies.
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 to launch this fall with NFC e-wallet support – June 20, 2012
With Siri and new alliances, Apple takes on Google search – June 21, 2012
Android sees lowest U.S. user growth in three years – June 4, 2012