Microsoft has released an SDK for Windows Phone 7.8 – aka the last ever update for Windows Phone 7 handsets, which have been orphaned by the company’s platform shift to Windows Phone 8 (built on a different kernel).
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) appears headed for two big October splashes, first with its slated Oct. 26 Windows 8 and Surface RT debuts, and, according to the latest reports, a second extravaganza three days later for Windows Phone 8, perhaps in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
When asked to confirm, Microsoft declined to comment, but the company didn’t deny it, either.
Featured | Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: MobilityEvidence is mounting that Microsoft will soon announce its own Microsoft branded Windows 8 smart phones. Microsoft is silent on the matter (including no denials), but it makes perfect sense and it seems only a matter of when for the "Microphone".
It’s Surfaced again: the rumour that Microsoft is developing its own smartphone hardware in a bid to drive wider adoption of its Windows Phone OS. Ever since Microsoft distressed its desktop Windows OEMs by unveiling its own-brand tablet PC, called Surface, the logical leap required to imagine an own-brand Windows Phone has apparently been shrinking.
Windows Phone 7, due to hit stores by Christmas according to Microsoft, signals a substantial shift in Microsoft’s focus, the user experience and how OEMs will be limited in what they can do to customise Microsoft’s mobile OS.