Microsoft said to have finalized Windows Phone 8 OS
Microsoft is believed to have shipped the RTM version of Windows Phone 8 operating system, according to sources. Now it's time for carriers and handset makers to test and preload before the October 29 launch.
Even though Microsoft already went public with many of the Windows Phone 8 features, the company has yet to "launch" the Windows Phone 8 platform. The Windows Phone 8 launch is going to happen on October 29 in either San Francisco or Los Angeles, I continue to hear. Shortly after that, Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale. Some vendors/carriers could offer pre-orders before October 29, but phones are not expected to be available to consumers until after that date.
The Windows Phone 8 OS replaces the Windows Embedded core with a Windows NT-based one. The latest operating system includes multicore support, NFC/Wallet support, removable Micro SD card storage (for certain phone models), encryption and secure boot. Windows Phone 8 will support two new screen resolutions— 1280x768 and 1280x720, in addition to the existing 480X800.
Microsoft officials also continue to decline to comment on when Microsoft plans to make the Windows Phone OS 7.8 update available to existing Windows Phone users. The 7.8 update, according to Microsoft officials back in June, will include the new multi-size tiled OS that will be part of Windows Phone 8, but no other new features.