Microsoft to Hold Windows Phone 8 Preview Event This Month

When Microsoft announced it would be holding a developer event on 20 June, it didn’t make it very clear as to what would be discussed there, or even if it would be a public event.

The answer has come this week, as Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to the event, which has now lost the word “developer” from its title, and gained the tagline “a sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone”.

This indicates our hopes are going to be met, and that Microsoft will reveal at least some of Windows Phone 8 Apollo, the next version of its mobile operating system.

Microsoft has timed its event to perfection, slotting it nicely in between Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which begins on 11 June, and Google I/O which starts on 27 June. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Apple will probably show iOS 6 at WWDC, and Google is expected to debut Android Jelly Bean at its developer conference, making June a big month for mobile OS news.

Like Android Jelly Bean and iOS 6, little is officially known about Windows Phone 8. Leaks have indicated the new software will allow manufacturers to bring Windows Phone hardware up-to-date, by adding in support for dual and quad-core processors and higher resolution displays. Currently, Windows Phone hardware is limited to 480 x 800 pixel screens and single-core chips.

Other new features include NFC support, Skype integration, microSD card memory expansion and customisable Live Tiles. There is also considerable speculation on whether existing Windows Phone hardware will be compatible with Windows Phone 8 or not.

All, or indeed none, of these questions could be answered on 20 June.

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