Device operating systems

Windows Phone 8 Gets 'Common Core'

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is attempting to simplify life for its developers as it tries to push deeper into mobile with the launch of Windows Phone 8 this fall.

At a developers conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that its flagship Windows 8 desktop operating system will share a common core. This should help developers create and port applications between desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones easier than they previously could.

Redmond also revealed a number of new hardware and software features for its coming mobile update. These include:

  • Support for dual-core processors on the phone.
  • A Near Field Communication (NFC) chip in a SIM card to enable mobile payments and other tap-and-verify applications on the phone
  • The new OS will incorporate the Navteq mapping technology from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) for turn-by-turn directions and location services
  • Support for three different screen resolutions on devices.

Microsoft says that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Samsung Corp. will build and offer WP8 phones worldwide. The Verge reports, however, that the new features in WP8 will not be backwards-compatible with existing Windows phones.

Why this matters
Microsoft needs to make it as easy as possible for developers to port Windows apps between platforms as they try to compete with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Android in mobile. The software giant has already made a major leap into the mobile hardware market this week with the unveiling of its first tablets.

For more

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:29:33 PM
re: Windows Phone 8 Gets 'Common Core'

Microsoft has just alienated their customer base once again.  So here they are trying to grow that customer base and they just slapped all of them across the face.  No WP8 upgrade for existing customers.  If you buy a new phone now, sorry, next month, sorry, two months from now, sorry; so why would anyone want to buy a WP7 handset right now?  You have no upgrade path, you have an obsolete OS running and hardware the rest of the industry left behind a few years ago.

Here is another slap, WP7 apps will run on WP8 but WP8 apps won’t run on WP7.  Should we also look that Microsoft will follow Apple in that they will only allow apps for applications written for WP8 once released.  So yep, updated and new apps will never see the light of day on WP7 handsets.  Great way to get people to buy another WP handset after they got royally shafted by Microsoft; many will not forget and move to Android or iOS.  So the paltry market share that they currently have will see a nice drop.

Dual-core support?  Nice, when did Android and Apple introduce dual-core and soon to be quad-core?  Nice job Microsoft, still behind.  Maybe one-day WP will be a real phone and it can be called Winocchio. 

Three different screen resolutions, astonishing.  Why not just leave it up to the hardware manufacturers?  I remember what Microsoft employees though of the Nokia E90 in that it had two screens of different resolution and the apps could scale from one to the other and while running.  Those Microsoft employees worked on the CE side too!  They were amazed that it could be done.  So why would I ever think about buying a Microsoft phone?

Talk about the Elop effect just keeps getting worse.  I bet Nokia will be selling even less phone for the next four months.  Elop should be sweating bullets right now as sooner or later, the share price is going to go below 1.00 and be delisted.  When that happens, the shareholders and board will take action and he will be gone.  How many current customers are going to think about buying another Nokia after this?  By the time WP8 is out, Nokia would have had their first WP7 on the market for a year.  Elop new the plans Microsoft had and that WP8 would not run on current hardware.  Either Elop should have pushed for it or delayed the migration and kept his trap shut on the “burning platform” of their current OS.  Clearly Nokia would have been better off not going to WP but if they had to, it would have been better to wait a year for WP8.  Elop could have also pushed for Microsoft to offer it to current handsets.  What comes after E Elop, yep a F for flop.  Nokia will be used in college classes for decades of how not to run a company.  Elop has done absolutely nothing right and has done only damage.  Even those that think WP7 was a good idea have to come to realize what an asinine idea it was especially now that current handsets cannot run WP8.  So they went to an OS that had a 1-year shelf life to it.  An untrained monkey with a magic 8-ball would have done a far better job running Nokia.


So long Nokia, thanks for the memories.

Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:29:30 PM
re: Windows Phone 8 Gets 'Common Core'

Perhaps there's a method to E/Flop's madness--the more damage he does at Nokia, the cheaper becomes Nokia for anyone (MS?) that wants to buy it. Or maybe I'm just seeing conspiracies here...

krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:29:29 PM
re: Windows Phone 8 Gets 'Common Core'

I am sort of in the same train of thought, the issue comes down to this.  Elop was hired from Microsoft to run Nokia.  Elop still has shares of Microsoft.  There is a conflict of interest and as the share price falls, the shareholders are losing money.  Some of these shareholders are financial institutions with deep pockets.  If Microsoft bought Nokia for fraction of what the company was worth, I would expect quite a few lawsuits and investigations from various governments into it.  Elop has a lot to gain if Microsoft bought Nokia; he would cement a career at Microsoft and see his shares go up in value at the expense of Nokia.  When Hurd went to Oracle HP filed a lawsuit; they were competitors after all.  When Elop went to Nokia where was the lawsuit?  They were competitors and more importantly, Elop was a member of the senior management team at Microsoft.  He would have had a vast amount of knowledge of what Microsoft was planning, even on the WP side.  So why would they want a competitor to have that inside information?  So the plan might have been to devalue Nokia so Microsoft could buy them, the risk is getting caught and paying a steep price and not just in fines.  I just have a hard time believing that someone could be so inept and running a company and destroying it as much as he has in that short amount of time unless that is what they intended to do.  He has alienated every single customer they had and has done it a second time with WP.

The licensing on WP is ridiculous just as it was for WM.&nbsp; With Nokia Maps going to be part of WP, Nokia is being given money which would only drive that licensing fee up.&nbsp; Nokia used Maps as a selling feature before and now all WP licensees get it?&nbsp; The plan has to be for Microsoft to buy Nokia, but I think they will run into a lot of obstacles to do it.&nbsp; What would Microsoft get?&nbsp; They are not getting a manufacturer anymore as their market share is now next to nothing and will continue that downward trend.&nbsp; Symbian was a cash cow and Elop butchered it.&nbsp; Any current WP customer just got shafted just like all previous customers did.&nbsp; I can&rsquo;t see the Nokia brand actually meaning anything.&nbsp; As of right now, NOK is down about 5% for the day.&nbsp; With all current WP7 handsets on the market not being to run WP8, what do you think is going to happen?&nbsp; Carriers won&rsquo;t be buying more and if customers know this, they won&rsquo;t even look at one.&nbsp; What does this do for sales at Nokia?&nbsp; WP8 is 4 months away, how will the sales at Nokia survive the 3<sup>rd</sup> quarter?&nbsp; I view their sales will be so dismal and analysts are not going to believe the WP hype any longer and push the stock below 1.00 and it faces delisting.&nbsp; Windows 8 is destined for failure as many who have tried it, HATE the Metro UI.&nbsp; Microsoft has failed to listen to their customers and the only sales they will see are at the OEM level.&nbsp; Even on the desktop you get Metro.&nbsp; A business will not roll it out as it will mean retraining users how to use the computer.&nbsp; Sure you can get out of the Metro UI but it is still far from the Windows 7 interface.&nbsp; I have *tried* to use Windows 8 and all I can say, no thanks.&nbsp; Others have had the same exact reaction as well.

Before anyone says it, yes there are hacks to get Windows 8 to look like Windows 7.&nbsp; If you have to go do that though, the UI is a failure.&nbsp; Many have complained about it since Microsoft started the Previews and guess what, Microsoft has failed to listen.

Sign In