Windows Phone dev conference slated for June, Apollo around the corner?

Microsoft is holding a developer’s summit in late June in San Francisco. While Microsoft does not specifically say what the event will be for, we can speculate that it could be to show off the next major update to Windows Phone, Apollo.

While it is speculation that it will be for Apollo, why would Microsoft hold an event this June for Mango products? Little else is known about the upcoming summit but it looks like Microsoft is gearing up to show off some updates to the platform. This event follows a busy month of June for Microsoft as this even follows E3 and TechEd North America, both of which could be venues for major Microsoft announcements.

June is not that far away and if you are a Windows Phone fan, it is time to get excited as Microsoft will hopefully be unveiling a boatload of new features for all of us to enjoy. 

Again, Apollo in June is speculation, not a confirmation from us. 

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I'm hoping we learn a lot about the next version of Windows Phone at this event, and we learn a lot about the next version of iOS at the WWDC. I'm on the verge of switching from Windows Phone to iOS, so it would be great to be able to confirm to myself which phone I'd like next.

Then after that, are you going to change the name of the site to Neomac? You already used "the verge" in a sentence! I can see where this is going!

Calum said,
I'm hoping we learn a lot about the next version of Windows Phone at this event, and we learn a lot about the next version of iOS at the WWDC. I'm on the verge of switching from Windows Phone to iOS, so it would be great to be able to confirm to myself which phone I'd like next.

Well, they'll have to tell us most things about it if they want the developers to be properly making applications for it - though they've typically given us developers at 3-4 months lead time in these events to download the SDK and start creating applications so we could be seeing Apollo very late in the year.

Of course, I don't think there's any doubt about it being for Apollo either. They don't bother with these big developer events unless there's something new for developers to be playing with.

Calum said,
I'm hoping we learn a lot about the next version of Windows Phone at this event, and we learn a lot about the next version of iOS at the WWDC. I'm on the verge of switching from Windows Phone to iOS, so it would be great to be able to confirm to myself which phone I'd like next.
No you are on Neowin

I'm from the future, so I've already been to this event. There will be a demo of WP8 with some more details on what's new for developers, but WP8 won't be released until October or November of this year.

Enron said,
I'm from the future, so I've already been to this event. There will be a demo of WP8 with some more details on what's new for developers, but WP8 won't be released until October or November of this year.

Lol. I can confirm all of that is true (except the release date, haven't heard bout that)

Enron said,
I'm from the future, so I've already been to this event. There will be a demo of WP8 with some more details on what's new for developers, but WP8 won't be released until October or November of this year.

Could you also get me the winning lotto numbers for FL while you're there in the future? K thanks...

If this is for WP8, and I have to think it, it makes no sense to have a dev conference for something like Tango which is a minor update, then June could see the first beta for WP8 and it's new SDK hit. If this turns out to happen then we could get WP8 sooner than expected, I've always figured they'd be aiming for November again, but maybe this time we're looking at September or early October?

GP007 said,
If this is for WP8, and I have to think it, it makes no sense to have a dev conference for something like Tango which is a minor update, then June could see the first beta for WP8 and it's new SDK hit. If this turns out to happen then we could get WP8 sooner than expected, I've always figured they'd be aiming for November again, but maybe this time we're looking at September or early October?

I guess that is the date we will know if updates will come to older devices. Going to be kind of hard to release a beta if no current device is capable of running it though...

GP007 said,
If this is for WP8, and I have to think it, it makes no sense to have a dev conference for something like Tango which is a minor update, then June could see the first beta for WP8 and it's new SDK hit. If this turns out to happen then we could get WP8 sooner than expected, I've always figured they'd be aiming for November again, but maybe this time we're looking at September or early October?

It would be nice, but I don't think we would see it that soon. With them wanting to get this through carriers and get apps updated to take advantage of new features and everything, November is probably what we're looking at I would think.

M_Lyons10 said,

It would be nice, but I don't think we would see it that soon. With them wanting to get this through carriers and get apps updated to take advantage of new features and everything, November is probably what we're looking at I would think.

Good points although not every Country is run by the carriers cartel; furthermore, and much more important, there is the fact that once WP8 is announced sales of WP7 equipped devices will slow down. Of course if there will be no path to upgrade current devices to WP8 the effects on sales would be even more dramatic.
Well..... 7 weeks to go.........

Fritzly said,

Good points although not every Country is run by the carriers cartel; furthermore, and much more important, there is the fact that once WP8 is announced sales of WP7 equipped devices will slow down. Of course if there will be no path to upgrade current devices to WP8 the effects on sales would be even more dramatic.
Well..... 7 weeks to go.........

Yeah, but that's a developer event too. It's not a public announcement. And with Mango if you think back, they started showing that before it came out. And though sales will drop off some, it's something too that they more than likely view as part of releasing an update. I'm very excited though.

Quick Shot said,
God, I hope they announce continued support for Lumia 900..... >_<
I hope they announce it for the whole Lumia range, as well as any recent WP7 device.

virtorio said,
I hope they announce it for the whole Lumia range, as well as any recent WP7 device.

I hope they announce it for all WP7 devices. Considering most people are on 2 year upgrade schedules, Microsoft really needs to support them for that 2 year period. Beyond that is fair game, but I think in order to gain market share, that is very important.

Quick Shot said,
God, I hope they announce continued support for Lumia 900..... >_<

Fingers crossed they make a Tango WP8 for all current gen devices That would be nice

Quick Shot said,
God, I hope they announce continued support for Lumia 900..... >_<

From what I hear via my friend of a friend who works at Microsoft, you're not going to get updated. Sorry.

M_Lyons10 said,

I hope they announce it for all WP7 devices. Considering most people are on 2 year upgrade schedules, Microsoft really needs to support them for that 2 year period. Beyond that is fair game, but I think in order to gain market share, that is very important.

Since they have multiple versions of Windows for PC, couldn't they just do a couple versions of Windows Phone 8? 1st/2nd gen devices can get 8.0 that supports their hardware and most other WP8 goodies, BUT for 3rd gen devices that are more capable to handle new advanced features get something like 8.1? Or would this still bring on the cries of fragmentation?

seebaran said,

Since they have multiple versions of Windows for PC, couldn't they just do a couple versions of Windows Phone 8? 1st/2nd gen devices can get 8.0 that supports their hardware and most other WP8 goodies, BUT for 3rd gen devices that are more capable to handle new advanced features get something like 8.1? Or would this still bring on the cries of fragmentation?

Well, that would probably wind up being more for them to manage. If they have to do a bug fix release they'd have to do it twice...

What I would probably do, and what I would be O.K. with would be the same version with some limitations for hardware and such. Like how Apple rolled out the last update to iOS and Siri doesn't work on old devices. But they still got the update. Now, that was just to encourage people to upgrade, but it is a good example I think.

Weird they haven't upgraded the Windows logo to the new version yet, while leaked Nokia phones do have it already.

Ambroos said,
Weird they haven't upgraded the Windows logo to the new version yet, while leaked Nokia phones do have it already.

Beat me to it. lol I was just thinking the same thing. This is clearly a render for the ad, nothing more.

Ambroos said,
Weird they haven't upgraded the Windows logo to the new version yet, while leaked Nokia phones do have it already.

They will likely change the logo once the next version of Windows Phone is released (and that new logo will probably be unveiled at some point before). This is promotional material for an upcoming event, so it wouldn't make sense for them to use a logo that hasn't been announced; using the current logo for this advert makes much more sense, in my opinion.

If one were to look at the current WP7 equivalent UI of that screenshot, it does not match. Easy enough hint right there.

GalileoMS said,
If one were to look at the current WP7 equivalent UI of that screenshot, it does not match. Easy enough hint right there.

Looks practically identical on my Lumia 900, just renamed from "apps marketplace", next page of the pano is removed and search bar as well. Nothing too dramatic since this is probably just a rendered image.

efjay said,

Looks practically identical on my Lumia 900, just renamed from "apps marketplace", next page of the pano is removed and search bar as well. Nothing too dramatic since this is probably just a rendered image.

Might have to disagree, but we should check back in 8 weeks

efjay said,

Looks practically identical on my Lumia 900, just renamed from "apps marketplace", next page of the pano is removed and search bar as well. Nothing too dramatic since this is probably just a rendered image.

That's what I was thinking. And haven't there been screenshots that showed WP8 would likely be using the new Windows 8 logo?

M_Lyons10 said,

That's what I was thinking. And haven't there been screenshots that showed WP8 would likely be using the new Windows 8 logo?


It probably will use a logo similar to the Windows 8 logo, but I doubt they'd use a logo that hasn't been announced on promotional material for a future event; it makes sense that they'd use the current logo.

GalileoMS said,
If one were to look at the current WP7 equivalent UI of that screenshot, it does not match. Easy enough hint right there.

Apart from the missing search button on screen and the word Children renamed to Kids

Also seems to support a large resolution (shows 9.5 on that list vs the 9 on my lumia) and Games and Photos are swapped

looks kinda the same... Lets hope MS wake up and bring back contextual search -_-

Edited by brent3000, May 3 2012, 12:36am :

brent3000 said,

Apart from the missing search button on screen and the word Children renamed to Kids

What are you talking about? Children renamed to Kids? My phone says "kids + family"... the screenshot says "kids + family"...

rfirth said,

What are you talking about? Children renamed to Kids? My phone says "kids + family"... the screenshot says "kids + family"...

My Lumia 800 reads Children + Family not kids + family

brent3000 said,

My Lumia 800 reads Children + Family not kids + family

That's weird. Definitely says "kids + family" here.
HTC HD7, OS version 7.10.8107.79.

GalileoMS said,
If one were to look at the current WP7 equivalent UI of that screenshot, it does not match. Easy enough hint right there.

It's a freakin designer rendered screenshot, not an actual screenshot.

Haven't we been through this countless times where a company displays the Office Hub in landscape, and people think "OHHHH new feature coming!!" Nope, it's simply a designer who didn't correctly reflect what the actual OS looks like.

andrewbares said,

It's a freakin designer rendered screenshot, not an actual screenshot.

Haven't we been through this countless times where a company displays the Office Hub in landscape, and people think "OHHHH new feature coming!!" Nope, it's simply a designer who didn't correctly reflect what the actual OS looks like.


You don't know that for sure. I'm inclined to point out that GalileoMS works for Microsoft Of course, that doesn't mean he knows for sure about this, but you being so sure about what you think this is is a bit ridiculous, considering it could be a new version of Windows Phone.

rfirth said,

That's weird. Definitely says "kids + family" here.
HTC HD7, OS version 7.10.8107.79.

I think you will find its a regional thing like how the settings for me says Cellular for the carrier network and 1 of my import phones has something diffrent