Additionally, Internet Explorer 10 will be built into the OS, and its rendering engine will mirror the desktop version. Microsoft will also allow native code development for the platform, meaning ports of graphic-intensive apps like games should be far less painful thanks to DirectX support.
Here are 8 major parts of the company's announcement today:
- Windows Phone 8 will have a "shared core" with Windows 8 to facilitate cross-platform application development.
- Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core processors.
- Windows 8 will support 480 x 320, 800x480, 1280x720 (16:9), and 1280x768 (5:3).
- MicroSD support.
- Internet Explorer 10 will be the system's default browser.
- Native support for near field communications (NFC).
- Mobile Device Management functions for enterprise deployment.
- New Live Tile homescreen design.