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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

February 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Windows Phone 8 features leaked

A video of what Microsoft is planning with Windows Phone 8 — codenamed Apollo — has apparently been leaked, the details of which are now making the blog rounds.

PocketNow got the scoop on the leaked video and shortly after, Paul Thurrott, who runs Supersite for Windows, weighed in with what he knows.

PocketNow says the video, hosted by corporate vice president of Windows Phone program management, was intended for Microsoft’s partners at Nokia.

Among the features PocketNow lists for Windows Phone 8 are support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions, removable microSD card storage and NFC radios for contactless payments — or a “Wallet experience”; tap-to-share capabilities that will allow desktops, laptops, tablets and phones to share content; Windows 8 integration, “allowing developers to ‘reuse — by far — most of their code’ when porting an app from desktop to phone; 100,000 apps in the Marketplace; native BitLocker encryption and more.

Thurrott, at Supersite for Windows, confirms many of those features, and says also that Windows Phone 8 will share components with Windows 8 including the kernel, multi-core processor support and video and graphics technologies; offer “very similar user experience” across a phone running Windows Phone 8 and a PC running Windows 8; a “separate but better” Skype app; and more.

PocketNow’s article is here.

Thurrott’s article is here.

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