Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Rumored to Share Same Kernel

September 14, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft is gearing up to take the next step up the Windows ladder with their Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. While no official news has been gathered, we do keep hearing a lot on the platform and their expected features.

One such feature widely speculated to be present on the Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo is the deeper integration of voice command functionality. This bit of news was first gleaned when the Nokia US’ CEO, Chris Weber, first let the cat out of the bag claiming the technology to be a killer feature on the Windows Phone.

With Microsoft promising an advanced update on the Windows Phone, it does seem likely that “Voice-Compose” and “Read-Aloud” features will rule the upcoming WP OS. And in addition to these estimates, a possible convergence of the Windows 8 and WP 8 is being talked about.

The two OS might get built on the same kernel. We have here the quoted section from a former Program Manager’s resume, of the Windows Phone/Mobile Communications Products Group at Microsoft:

“The responsibilities included program managing software update features to provide device update technology that enables end-users to update Windows Phone OS with a new set of phone features including bug fixes. In this role, I delivered a set of functional requirements specifications for the major update components to enable image updates for the next generation Windows Phone OS (aka Apollo). They are Packaging System, Imaging System, Flashing System, Update OS, Update Validator and Update Application. Also drove and tracked early investigations for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 OS convergence to create Mobile SKUs.”

Moreover, there’s also mention of MS lower-end mobile OS splitting into two versions- Tango1 and Tango2. This was mentioned in another CV that reads: “Launch readiness for account within region of responsibility (e.g. Mango, Tango1, Tango2, Apollo, etc.)”

While we do know it’s a bit too early to be counting on far-off OS updates, while the Windows Mango is about to break free, it’s still nice to see what to expect in the future.

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