Up to the carriers if they’ll support it. It will work both from build-in NFC chips or by special sim cards that have an on-board NFC chip
Local Scout. Now with personal recommendations and support for carrier hotspots.
Camera improvements. more powerful experience and some sort of “lens” app, we’ll have to wait and see what this means.
Business features. WP8 is targeting the business again with features such as complete bitlocker encryption, secure boot check, system center integration, Exchange activesync policies and inventory possibilities. And, and this one’s kinda big, private appstores for businesses! That’s right, your in-house, employee only apps can be hosted on a private store.
For Developers: the CE kernel is boosted out in favor of the Windows 8 kernel, WP7 apps will be fully backwards compatible. With the new kernel comes support for native code, C++ developers rejoice! This makes porting ios and android apps easier and will make certain very popular apps finally come to our beloved platform.
In my opinion, if Microsoft can deliver these features WP8 will be HUGE! This makes the Windows Phone platform on par with the competition and on some levels it exceeds them. Big kudos to Microsoft for making this happen in about 2 years, both Apple and Google have spent over 5 years to get to these kinds of functionality. Only two things remain in the dark, will our current devices get an upgrade? And will they pull this off? WP8 is rumored to roll out in the 4th quarter of 2012.
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