Video shows features in Windows Phone 8 SDK

Microsoft has only made the SDK for Windows Phone 8 available for a select few software developers, at least officially. However, as we reported before, the SDK for Microsoft's mobile operating system has found its way to other people who have leaked screenshots of the OS to the Internet.

Today, WPCentral.com got a hold of the SDK and decided to run through the OS via an emulator. The result was a 10 minute video that they posted on YouTube. The quick overview of Windows Phone 8 shows off features that have been revealed before, such as the new mobile wallet service.

It's more than possible that Microsoft has locked out some features in this SDK build of Windows Phone 8 that have yet to be officially revealed. Other features that were shown in the feature includes Kid's Corner, which gives parents a way to allow their children to use their phones but with some locked out content.

Microsoft has not yet announced when more software developers will be able to access the Windows Phone 8 SDK. The OS has apparently reached RTM status but Microsoft decided not to make an official announcement on that front, as they did when Windows 8 reached its RTM status on August 1st. We expect that the first devices with Windows Phone 8 will be launched to the public sometime in November.

Source: YouTube

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I hope there is more, I really want to make the jump to the Lumia 920....but this video has actually got me concerned now.

Any improvements to the calendar? Will I finally able to move emails sent using ABC account in a sub-folder in 123 account?.....

I am sure they are holding back on features until the so called big Reveal. Otherwise why have a windows phone reveal at all.

I had a Nexus 7 Tablet with Jelly Bean for a couple weeks before returning it. I thought the stock JB UI was far quicker and more polished than Touchwiz but I couldn't justify keeping it because of the similarity to ICS. Android has a very robust store and a lot of nice customization features compared to Windows Phone 7 and iOS. And to be blunt, once you get past the useful and colorful live tiled WP Start Screen, its a bit of a letdown.

Bearzilla said,
I had a Nexus 7 Tablet with Jelly Bean for a couple weeks before returning it. I thought the stock JB UI was far quicker and more polished than Touchwiz but I couldn't justify keeping it because of the similarity to ICS. Android has a very robust store and a lot of nice customization features compared to Windows Phone 7 and iOS. And to be blunt, once you get past the useful and colorful live tiled WP Start Screen, its a bit of a letdown.

You really can't compare windows phone 7 with Jelly bean.

mrmomoman said,
What WOW feature did Android give you? I haven't found any WOW in them lately.

Google now is pretty awesome even if i'm not a big fan of Android... It's better than Siri and that's all that matters lol

I hope some features are locked down, only because it would be a surprise, but if that's not the case, WP8 looks nice with the features already shown.

Nice video, though the volume was kind of low.

I'm currently using a Galaxy Note LTE (ICS) and have been closely following developments of the WP8 Lumia 920 and HTC 8X. I LOVE my big display (and don't use the S-Pen) but Android itself (especially Touchwiz) is really blah lately. I was hoping to migrate to WP8 and a large-screen device but I have to admit this video is very disappointing. I expected a lot more polish and features to make up for the fact the App selection is so small. I'm hoping the Microsoft release event shows at least a few WOW features. The only feature that has really shown to be an upgrade is not even WP8 specific...the Lumia's camera. That's it though.

Detection said,
Remind me again why a device with WP8 OS is going to be worth dumping my WP7.5/8 OS

Bigger screen/resolution, C++ Games, Dual Core, Xbox Music...

PmRd said,

Bigger screen/resolution, C++ Games, Dual Core, Xbox Music...

All true, but we should see Xbox Music in WP7.8 as a replacement for Zune. Also... add Skype/VoIP integration to WP8 features.

Detection said,
Remind me again why a device with WP8 OS is going to be worth dumping my WP7.5/8 OS

A better camera, dual-core, NFC to name a few.

Detection said,
Remind me again why a device with WP8 OS is going to be worth dumping my WP7.5/8 OS

In addition to PmRD: microSD, better multi tasking, NFC, more apps (WP8 apps are easily ported to WP8)

Detection said,
Remind me again why a device with WP8 OS is going to be worth dumping my WP7.5/8 OS

Native code games (big deal)
NFC
Better camera
Wallet
SD Card
Better multitasking
Support for dual + cores
Screen resolutions (HD)
deeper skydrive syncing (backups, app sync etc.)
better Bluetooth
VoiP (phone hub - better background app multitasking allows proper Skype and Lync to name a couple)
Then whatever hasn't already been announced.

Detection said,
Remind me again why a device with WP8 OS is going to be worth dumping my WP7.5/8 OS

Lumia 920... it comes in yellow.

Yellow.

- Oyster app in the wallet, will that be for the London travelcards ?
- it's not showing a few features that were announced, like a company hub, bitlocker encryption, ...

Remember some rumors from a month ago that windows phone 8 is far from finished? What if they decided that they can't finish everything on time and cut back features for the release and may promise those for future update like mango? I'm bit nervous for Microsoft that they are just doing that. I hope I'm wrong, I hope that this just Microsoft being secret. I really hope so. We need some wow factor from the software side of windows phone.

Considering Windows Phone 8 already RTM'd a while back... there is absolutely no way it can't be finished yet. It is already finished.

Just remember that to develop for a system all you need is the environment the software is going to run in, so its possible the current Emu is simply holding back on any key features or not required features for developers,