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Windows 8 Built-in Phone Features Hinted

As we previously discussed, Microsoft is trying to unite the tablet, phone and computer in one, using its latest OS: Windows 8. More proof has surfaced, coming to back up our rumours. It seems that during the BUILD 2011 conference, the place where Microsoft announced the preview version of its new operating system, a very interesting picture was presented.

As you can see below, it was a screenshot of Metro UI, where some casual applications were running in background. One of them, a widget, detailed the number of missed calls and additional details. Now you can shout as hard as you can that these calls may be Skype, Google Call or God knows what service related, but deep inside you know the truth.

This could be a hard clue that Windows 8 will be compatible with smartphones, possibly acting as an update to Windows Phone 7. From a tablet user view it would be very awkward to answer a call by putting a 10.1 inch Samsung Tab near the ear but, here is where speakers and hands-free devices come in. Also, we haven't seen tablets running on Windows Phone 7 until now, but the Acer Iconia is powered by Windows 7, so the concept stays up.

Secondly, during a video demo using Windows Live, meant to show people how easily it's to store details the People app, a Call Mobile and Send SMS features appear. We could assume that this is based on the VoIP options integrated Windows Live but, the mobile number makes us stray away bad thoughts.

If the first two leaks weren't good enough for you, and you are still a VoIP diehard fan, this one will truly make a believer out of you. Rafael Rivera of WithinWindows had an eye for details and spotted an optional wireless chip for Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G for the tablets used at the same Microsoft Build 2011 conference. Also, the radio was capable of handling quad band 2G networks.

The tablets were manufactured by Samsung and the chip's presence indicates that Microsoft has already started the "post-PC" transition. There were no details if the software was already configured to actually run a phone call, but the bits of the puzzle fall in the right places.

It would be very interesting to see if the final build of Windows 8 will actually support phone calls or, this was just a test to see if the current version could handle the work. Who knows, if Microsoft is not capable of handling the stress right now, because stressful is truly the word that describes the pressure of the first company to unite three tribes, maybe the next Windows will do it.