As expected, Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Windows Phone will be more integrated with Windows 8.
Just days after showing the world its Surface tablet, Microsoft continued to make announcements that indicate it’s finally ready to pull its strengths together and address some of its bigger weaknesses.
Joe Belfiore, head of the company’s phone program, said starting this fall Windows phones will ship with the shared core and he promised “more apps, bigger, more important apps coming faster and beautiful games.”
New Windows phones will have dual-core (and more) chips, three new screen resolutions and removable MicroSD cards. All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on all of the resolutions without any changes, Belfiore said.
The company also addressed a big problem with its Windows Phone — the system has been pretty much siloed off from other Microsoft products. Beginning this fall, Windows Phone 8 will make it easy for developers to move programs between the two systems. The company gave its developers a preview of the new phone just days after showing the world its Surface tablet, which has an operating system built with the same core.