Windows Phone 8 Details Surface, Will Support NFC Along with Windows 8 kernel

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Windows Phone 8

A pair of reports has unleashed a tidal wave of information about upcoming Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8, the upcoming version of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones, promises to be business-friendly with native encryption and similar features, according to Pocket Now.

Windows Phone 8 is working under the codename “Apollo.” This update will arrive after the Tango update, which Microsoft will probably detail at MWC later this month.

According to the report, Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core processors, a total of four new screen resolutions and the addition of removable SD card storage. The upcoming Windows Phone also will use the Windows 8 kernel. Not only will the new mobile operating system will share a version number and UI with its desktop counterpart, it will also share the same ecosystem, along with the underlying code and components. Windows Phone 8 will also offer support for Near Field Communications (NFC).

Pocketnow claimed its information came from a Microsoft-produced video meant for Nokia executives and hosted by Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore.

Reportedly, Microsoft intends to release Windows Phone 8 at the same time as Windows 8, and as it is expected before the end of this year (2012).