Ten days after Apple’s “Worldwide Developer Conference” (WWDC) was held in San Francisco on June 11, Microsoft’s "Windows Phone Summit" was also held in the same city on June 20, 2012. At this event Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8 operating system for mobile devices. Microsoft uses the same branding (“Windows 8”) for the latest software for mobile devices and desktop/laptop/tablet. The difference between the two brandings is only on the word “Phone.” Windows Phone 8 will share the same core or source of coding with Windows 8, so the two OSs will be running the same way.
At the event, Microsoft announced that the company will work with four manufacturers to produce the handsets and will be ready at the launch date sometime in October 2012. Those four partners are Nokia, Huawei, HTC, and Samsung.
Microsoft also announced that the “old” generation Windows Phone version 7.0 and 7.5 (such as, handsets made by Nokia version Lumia 900) cannot be upgraded to version 8. In order make everyone happy, Microsoft will create a new version 7.8 which will allow early adopters to utilize some of special features, for example to modify the “Start” wall and change the Live Tiles icon size into a smaller size or larger size.
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