Invitation for a single-day Windows Phone summit on June 20 in San Francisco is sent out, and the registration are now open as of June 4. The tagline of the event is "A sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone," -- strongly hints at the Windows Phone 8 (codenamed "Apollo") focus a strong likelihood.
In early May, Microsoft announced plans for a two-day Windows Phone Developer Summit (see the picture below). At that time, Microsoft said more information on registration for the conference would be available "in the coming weeks." However, today's invitation no where mentions it as the developer summit.
The invitation does not elaborate much, however, Windows Phone 8 will offer several key improvements over the existing platform including:
- Support for multicore processors
- Support for four new screen resolutions
- Support for removable microSD card storage
- Support for NFC and an associated "Wallet Experience"
- Inclusion of core Windows elements, including kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia support
- New data-tracking capabilities, showing users a breakdown of their data consumption by various networks
- Use of a proxy server to deliver pages more efficiently and quickly to Internet Explorer 10 Mobile
- Addition of native BitLocker encryption and Secure Boot
- A separate but improved Skype application, but not integration of Skype into the operating system
- Replacement of the Zune PC client software with an update mechanism more akin to ActiveSync. (The new update mechanism is codenamed Daphne, according to one of my contacts.)
Microsoft says that "invited developers" can complete the registration process here.
"Registration is limited, but the event will be open to everyone via a webcast on Microsoft's Channel 9 at http://aka.ms/wpsummit."