Mobile Zone is brought to you in partnership with:

Matt has been paid to develop software for the past 12 years. He specializes in mobile and web development and has recently been doing a lot with Windows Phone 7. He runs DevEvening (http://devevening.co.uk/) a .net focused user group in Surrey and the Windows Phone User Group (http://wpug.net/) in London. He blogs at http://blog.mrlacey.co.uk/ and tweets at @mrlacey & @wpug. Matt is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 103 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

So I Was Wrong: Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Will Share Core

02.10.2012
| 2450 views |
  • submit to reddit
Curator's note: As we posted last week, it is now confirmed that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will share the NT kernel.

Back in December I gave some fairly well reasonsed arguments about why I thought that the next version of Windows Phone 8 would not be based on the same underlying framework as the also forthcoming Windows 8.

Based on a leak reported yesterday (see here and here), it looks like I was wrong and I have 3 reactions.

I'm excited.

In many ways this is more than I could have hoped for. There are loads of cool features previously announced for Windows 8 that I would love to see and be able to use on the phone. And yes, also some I wouldn't.

I'm not counting my chickens yet.

There are still no public confirmation, details or timelines for any of this. I also wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see a greater similarity with Silverlight 5 than with WinRT in the short term.

I'm a bit nervous.

What will it mean for things going forward? (If advances in both platforms are to be kept in sync in the future.)

In the mobile space the market demands yearly updates. (Just consider the reaction when there was no iPhone 5 announced last year.--The 4S was considered by most as a disappointing stop gap to whatever comes next.)

On the desktop this (yearly frequency of updates) hasn't been seen in the past and is something that businesses don't want, as frequent (even yearly) updates become very expensive and awkward for them to manage. (Supporting the enterprise has always been one of Microsoft's strengths so I don't see them looking to upset the enterprise. Especially as one of the reasons for this initial synchronization and a lot of the upcoming changes are to support enterprise scenarios.)

Forcing updates to multiple systems to be permanently tied together just causes more work and slows releases. Microsoft know this and we've seen lots of products which were historically always released together change to be released separately and more frequently over recent years. I trust they're smart enough to do the right thing here (whatever that may be).


Source: http://blog.mrlacey.co.uk/2012/02/so-i-was-wrong-w8-wp8-to-have-shared.html
Published at DZone with permission of Matt Lacey, author and DZone MVB.

(Note: Opinions expressed in this article and its replies are the opinions of their respective authors and not those of DZone, Inc.)