Microsoft's Joe Belfiore talks about their work on the Lumia 1020

While there were no Microsoft executives on stage at the New York City press conference today for the Nokia Lumia 1020 reveal, that doesn't mean Microsoft didn't have a hand in the creation of the 41 megapixel Windows Phone 8 device.

Belfiore and Shields apparently enjoy a good Rosé along with good smartphones.

In a new Q&A posted on the Windows Phone blog, Windows Phone vice-president Joe Belfiore, along with Nokia’s senior vice-president Kevin Shields, reveal some more information about the collaboration between the two companies that resulted in the creation of the Lumia 1020.

Belfiore says that Microsoft collaborates with all of their Windows Phone partners extensively, adding that it is "unique across companies and not something I think you see Google doing with Android." As far as the Lumia 1020 was concerned, Belfiore said:

So we spent time together working on the architecture so the 1020 camera can capture two images at once—a super high-res shot and an oversampled 5-megapixel version for easier sharing. And we shared early builds of software and hardware so we could give each other feedback on the work in progress—I think I wrote more than 10 pages of feedback myself on the Nokia Pro Camera app as it was being developed.

He added that Microsoft actually added some code to Windows Phone 8 to improve the zoom features on its photo viewer so it would work better on the Lumia 1020. Microsoft and Nokia also have some future Windows Phone plans in the works, with Shields saying, " ... as amazing as this is, we still have some stuff up our sleeves. We’re not gonna sit still."

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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