updated 09:52 pm EDT, Mon August 13, 2012
OTA updates, NFC, real multitasking to be left out
Devices running Windows Phone 7 won't be getting the ability to receive over-the-air system updates or several other features that will be present in Windows Phone 8. Smartphone France has acquired snippets of a PowerPoint presentation laying out the limitations of Windows Phone 7, which will receive some -- but not all -- of the features of Microsoft's forthcoming phone operating system. The list of features WP7 won't get includes a number of exclusions apparently based on hardware limitations, while it is less clear why others are left off.
Along with OTA updates, WP7 phones will also lack near-field communications capability and the real multitasking feature shown off for WP8. Fittingly, they will not be able to run apps developed for WP8, and WP7 phones will be incapable of running Internet Explorer 10. Further, secure boot, encryption, device management, company hub, and Microsoft Wallet features will all be missing from WP7.
WP7 phones will be receiving an update to Windows Phone 7.8, which will bring a range of new features to increase their functionality. Among these new features will be the main screen user interface with Live Tiles, Wi-Fi tethering, and assorted camera features. There will be no path for Windows Phone 7.8 users to upgrade to WP8 without purchasing a newer phone. [via Pocketnow]