Microsoft Melds Windows Phone 8 With Windows 8

Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, discusses Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature at the Windows phone summit, in San Francisco, on June 20, 2012. Photograph by Gene X Hwang/Orange Photography via Microsoft

Microsoft previewed Windows Phone 8 to developers on Wednesday at its Windows Phone Summit event, showing off new features and a key strategy for the new platform. Windows Phone 8 will share a common core of code with Windows 8 on desktops and laptops, much like Apple has used OS X as the core of its iOS software. The new smartphone software makes it easier for developers to create one app for both platforms while also adding additional hardware features to let Microsoft better compete in the heavily contested smartphone market.

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