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Windows Phone 8 – What do we know so far?

All the talk in the tech world this week may have been about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but the Californian tech giant isn’t the only company showing of new technology this month.

Next week sees the start of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Summit, taking place in San Francisco. It may not carry the same weight as Apple’s WWDC, but it still set to be a pretty exciting event.

Microsoft is expected to show off its latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, at the developer conference.

But for those in the tech world who don’t know the meaning of the word ‘patience’ (by which we mean everyone), some screenshots of the upcoming OS have been leaked.

Hinting at some interesting new features and a slight revamp of some aspects of Windows Phone 7.5, the screenshots give us some juicy details of what to expect. So what do we know about Windows Phone 8 so far?

Windows Phone 8 camera UI

Leaked to Nokia news website Nokia Innovation, the screenshots show a revamped user interface for the camera in the latest Windows Phone OS.

There looks set to be a slider on the left of the frame for zooming, while a dedicated button will allow users to switch between the front and rear facing cameras.

Windows Phone 8 Skype integration

The screenshots also show more Skype integration for the OS, with the online calling service featuring in the People Hub.

This means that users will be able to call a contact with Skype in the same way as they would send a text or make a traditional phone call.

What else might we see?

When compared to iOS and Android, Microsoft’s mobile OS leaves a lot to be desired. So we’re expecting Microsoft to rectify a few of Windows Phone’s shortcomings next week.

NFC is expected to feature, as well as the long-overdue support for multi-core processors and higher screen resolutions.