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Windows Phone Apollo Coming Mid-2012?

Hours after a Nokia exec claimed that the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Apollo, will be released in mid-2012 (roughly one year after Mango), sources within Microsoft denied that this was the case.

Michael Halbherr, Executive VP for Location and Commerce at the Finnish company, told Engadget (opens in new tab)that the next major iteration of Windows Phone was going to be a "very different game" to Mango.

This means that Apollo will almost certainly be Windows Phone 8 (Mango was Windows Phone 7.5) and could be a hint that Microsoft is potentially aiming for a combined launch (or at least two very close together). This would make sense if Windows Phone 8 has vital features that can be exploited only with Windows 8, and vice versa.

We also dare to expect that Apollo will be the first Windows Phone OS to feature a significantly enhanced gaming experience compared to its predecessors.

Halbherr also claimed that he wants Microsoft to integrate NFC and a positioning framework that will help the successor of Mango "work better" with Nokia's own Navteq mapping provider.

It seems therefore that Nokia wants to have a greater input into Apollo than the rest of the competition, which is understandable given that Nokia is ONLY focusing on Windows Phone.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.