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Major Windows Phone update 'landing mid-2012'

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Major Windows Phone update 'landing mid-2012'

The next major upgrade of the Windows Phone smartphone operating system is scheduled for next year, it has emerged.

Microsoft’s plans for its platform emerged in an Engadget interview with Nokia’s Michael Halbherr. According to the Finnish phone-maker’s Executive Vice President for Location and Commerce, the update will land in the middle of next year.

Reportedly dubbed Apollo, the new iteration will reportedly by ‘a very different game” to the Mango version that stars on the newest Windows phones from the likes of HTC and Nokia.

Details of how it’ll be different remain under wraps right now. However, Halbherr said he’d been lobbying for the inclusion of close integration of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology and better mapping services.

News of the future of Microsoft’s OS comes after Nokia this week unveiled its first-ever Windows-powered smartphones in the shape of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, both of which augment the operating system’s tile based user interface with exclusive Nokia services focussed on music, sports and location-finding.

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