Microsoft is still working on software updates for Windows Phone 7 — but the company is also looking ahead to Windows Phone 8. While Microsoft hasn’t had much to say publicly about its next-generation smartphone OS, the folks at PocketNow got a look at a leaked video which spells out an awful lot of details.

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Paul Thurrott followed up with more details at WinSuperSite.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The operating system will be based on the Windows 8 kernel, not Windows CE.
  • While Windows 8 apps won’t run on Windows Phone 8, the two operating systems will share enough code that developers can port Win8 apps to WP8 easily.
  • The Zune Client desktop sync app will go away and Microsoft will launch a new app dedicated to synchronizing Windows Phone 8 devices with Windows computers.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support multicore chips, new screen resolutions, NFC radios, and other high-end hardware.
  • There will be a Wallet app to compete with Google Wallet.
  • Microsoft plans to use a proxy server to speed up webpage load times in Internet Explorer 10.
  • Windows Phone 8 will support 128-bit full-disk BitLocker encryption.
  • Microsoft is introducing a “lens app” for camera functionality.

The new mobile operating system is expected to ship around the same time as Windows 8, which probably means the second half of 2012.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...