Microsoft to offer "A sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone" on June 20

We knew it was coming but Microsoft has just sent out its formal invitations to the Windows Phone developer conference in San Francisco for June 20 and the tagline is "A sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone". This line strongly hints that we will see the next generation of Windows Phone in June (code named Apollo).

Other than the tagline, the invitation does not offer much else but from what we have seen previously, Windows Phone 8 will offer several key improvements over the existing platform. If you are a registered developer, make sure to check your inbox so that you can register to attend the event and be brought up-to-speed on the latest Windows Phone has to offer, fret not if you can not attend as Microsoft will make the event available to all via its Channel 9 site here too

While we wait for the June announcement, you can take a look at a concept a Neowin member put together about his vision for Windows Phone 8.

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Order_66 said,
They already released their "sneak peek", it's called windows 8.

Very perceptive. Just confirms that Windows-8 was designed for smartphones and tablets. Including laptops and desktops in that OS was an after thought, in an attempt to gain market share.

You guys think if someone should wait a few more months to get a Window Phone 8 or upgrade now if they have the option?

drazgoosh said,
You guys think if someone should wait a few more months to get a Window Phone 8 or upgrade now if they have the option?

At this stage I'd wait a couple of weeks to see what they announce at the developer summit. They will almost certainly have something to say about whether current phones will be upgraded and they will definitely be talking about the specs that the new platform will support. At that point it's up to you to decide whether you want to buy a current gen phone that will be upgraded or wait for a next-gen phone.

"Sneak peek" is a weird way to put it. It doesn't sit well with me. What it actually suggests to me is that WP8 are further away than fall this year.

They did this with Mango last year. They gave a sneak peek to developers with just enough info to tell them what new features they can utilize in their apps, but without giving away all the bells and whistles of the user functionality. I'm sure they'd prefer to not let anything out until they're fully ready to launch, but they need to give developers a head start so they need to pull some of the covers off this puppy.

Cereal Bawks said,
"Sneak peek" is a weird way to put it. It doesn't sit well with me. What it actually suggests to me is that WP8 are further away than fall this year.

Cereal Bawks said,
"Sneak peek" is a weird way to put it. It doesn't sit well with me. What it actually suggests to me is that WP8 are further away than fall this year.

Microsoft is more secretive this year because Apple and Google have directly lifted some Windows Phone UI concepts in the latest versions of their OS.

dagamer34 said,

Microsoft is more secretive this year because Apple and Google have directly lifted some Windows Phone UI concepts in the latest versions of their OS.

Yeah. Microsoft has shifted to a much more secretive business model as a result. A bit frustrating for customers, but they have a very good reason...

I just hope they don't reveal too much although I'm dying to know what's coming!!! Reason is I want them to wow us and besides, remember they said they would no longer say about the new feature because of copycats? They regretted when they pre-announced Mango waaaaaay to early.

astroXP said,
I just hope they don't reveal too much although I'm dying to know what's coming!!! Reason is I want them to wow us and besides, remember they said they would no longer say about the new feature because of copycats? They regretted when they pre-announced Mango waaaaaay to early.

Well saying "sneak peek" should mean they'll just tease us with a few things and then dive into the technical side like new APIs and so on which isn't something they really have to worry about others copying because they're not really features.

I'm really hoping they'll shed some additional light about Apollo's availability for current phones.

I can renew at the end of this month and get the Nokia Lumia 900 for free in combination with a new one-year contract. I'm desperately waiting to get rid of my current BlackBerry Torch 9860 and really don't feel like waiting a second longer than I have to. But if it turns out the Lumia 900 won't get WP8 I'm not sure what to do.

.Neo said,
I'm really hoping they'll shed some additional light about Apollo's availability for current phones.

Shed some light on…

I'm pretty sure it'll get the upgrade. I just think they'd be crazy not to.

Hopefully you'll have your answer in two weeks.

.Neo said,
I'm really hoping they'll shed some additional light about Apollo's availability for current phones.

Agreed. This is what I'm hoping for too. I expect most devices to get the update, but I'm really hoping I'm right...

I hope Microsoft makes something out of WP8. I love the platform as it is but integration with Windows 8 (Playing WP apps on W8 for example) would be great!

butilikethecookie said,
I hope Microsoft makes something out of WP8. I love the platform as it is but integration with Windows 8 (Playing WP apps on W8 for example) would be great!

If WP8 also shares the same API/framework, winrt, which I think it will then that should be more than possible to do if a developer wants to. I want them to take it an extra step and have the apps totally sync so I can switch between my win8 device and my wp8 phone, go into the same app and have it be were I left off etc.

GP007 said,

If WP8 also shares the same API/framework, winrt, which I think it will then that should be more than possible to do if a developer wants to. I want them to take it an extra step and have the apps totally sync so I can switch between my win8 device and my wp8 phone, go into the same app and have it be were I left off etc.

My thoughts exactly...

As I expected, MS has stared live streaming and putting it's events on-demand more and more. This WP developer summit should be very very interesting, June 20th can't come quick enough imo.