Rumor: Windows Phone 8 begins internal testing?

Windows Phone 8 hasn't been officially announced yet by Microsoft, but it appears that at least someone at the company is currently testing an early build of the mobile OS. WPCentral.com reports that the Windows Phone 7 app I'm a WP7! has now registered someone using the software on a phone that has Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" build 8.0.9662.0 installed.

The site contacted the app's creator Scott Peterson who said, "It’s running from an Emulator, doesn’t appear to be spoofed, is using the default Emulator location, and the Time Zone Offset lines up with Pacific Coast…" All of that would seem to be consistent with someone at Microsoft testing the app on a build of Windows Phone 8 from their Redmond, Washington headquarters.

Furthermore, the same article claims that it has heard via unnamed sources that Microsoft has indeed begun internal testing of Windows Phone 8 on March 30th.

Microsoft has been silent about what new features will be introduced in "Apollo". However, it is known that the company was planning to add support for LTE networks in the next major update but later decided to fast track that addition for Windows Phone 7.5 so that Nokia's newly launched Lumia 900 could run on LTE networks. Windows Phone 8 is also expected to support smartphones with at least two processor cores along with other additions.

Microsoft should officially announce Windows Phone 8 later this summer, with an official launch expected in the fall of this year.

Image via WPCentral.com

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Can the app also tell if phone that was using the Windows Phone 8 software was one of the first generation phones or some new one?

I don't know if they'll make it for 8.0, I think they will, but all Phone/Metro development will be targeted against the WinRT, a new built-in .NET framework in Windows 8. I bet it will also be the target for Windows Phone 8 development as well. And the ARM kernel used in Window 8 ARM will be the same as the one used in Windows Phone 8.

Is this what Windows-8 used to be, before MS "supersized" it to work on tablets? Or, is this Windows-8 "stripped down" to fit on a smartphone? MS is working the FUD factor to the hilt. The public is not amused.

TsarNikky said,
Is this what Windows-8 used to be, before MS "supersized" it to work on tablets? Or, is this Windows-8 "stripped down" to fit on a smartphone? MS is working the FUD factor to the hilt. The public is not amused.

The latter, thought its mostly just the kernel, not the user interface in Windows 8.

Why is windows 8 desktop being shown in the screenshot? Will it run on phones? Perhaps take your desktop on the move? Who knows

I for one, am really excited to see what Windows phones might be available towards the end of the year, as my contract renewal is in December I am eager to ditch my Apple iPhone 4, which I had no choice in getting at the time...

This fits if you believe the other rumor from a month or so back that said WP8 development was in step with Windows 8 development. Since we all know Win8 is close to RC and being used internally at MS, then the idea of WP8 also being that far along and being used inside MS also makes sense.

Tango is not going to give you anything new really besides enhanced MMS and SIM contacts support. It's mainly optimizations for lower specced WP devices

paulheu said,
Tango is not going to give you anything new really besides enhanced MMS and SIM contacts support. It's mainly optimizations for lower specced WP devices

nah there will be other features not touted, there usually is

zikalify said,

omg so me a uk user on unlocked devices is waiting for att to give Microsoft the go ahead?

No.

To my understanding an unlocked devices anywhere in the world, will receive updates as soon as they are released.

AT&T only control the updates to Windows phones that were part of a contract. (AT&T branded - they will have a little logo on the device).