Microsoft to discuss Windows Phone 8 Customization & Differentiation opportunities with OEMs

Netbooknews reports that Microsoft will soon have a meeting with Windows Phone OEMs and carrier partners, where Windows Phone 8 will be presented to them.

One of the topics of the meeting, which will be held in Reading in UK, will be customization of the OS, with the particular topic being called “Customization & Differentiation opportunities”.

Customization of the Windows Phone 7 OS has been a sore point with some OEMs and carriers, with Microsoft resisting it, but some carriers blaming this for poor sales.

Given the lacklustre performance of Windows Phone 7 so far in the market, it is quite possible Microsoft is now prepared to make many concessions they refused to before. On the other hand the leaks we have seen so far suggest only that OEMs will be able to skin the camera app mode deeply.

The full agenda, according to Netbooknews, is below:

  • Apollo Review
  • Windows Phone Schedules and release plans/processes
  • Customization & Differentiation opportunities
  • New Windows Phone 8 application development capabilities
  • What’s new feature review of Apollo
  • Connectivity and APN management
  • Better together with Windows 8

Hopefully we will see some leaks from the summit which will give us better clarity into Microsoft’s 2013 Mobile OS.

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Thanks Michael for the tip.


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