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Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Can Now Share

Jun 24, 2012

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Sharing is caring not only when it comes to candy but also when we're talking about operating systems. 

The most important revelation coming from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 release is that the next wave of Windows Phones will share code with big brother, Windows 8. The two will have a common core, which means under the hood, the phone platform can share common file formats, hardware drivers, networking, security protocols, and more importantly—apps.

That means developers who spend countless hours coding apps for Windows 8 don’t have to start from scratch when coding for Windows Phone 8. With minor modifications to the code, most apps that will launch with Windows 8 can easily be ported over to Windows Phone 8. This includes productivity apps, PC games, and even Internet Explorer 10. The benefits of a shared code might not be as obvious to consumers at first, but to developers, it’s as clear as day: They get a 2-for-1 deal.

With Windows Phone 8 supporting higher resolutions and multiple cores, these mobile devices are nothing less than mini PCs. And here’s another thought: one of the new and exciting features of Windows Phone 8 is support for Near Field Communication (NFC), used mainly in the mobile wallet arena for short-range wireless transfers. Now imagine applying this to the shared Windows paradigm to share files and apps by simply bumping your Windows Phone 8 device against a Windows 8 PC. How cool would that be.

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