At the Windows Phone Summit today, Microsoft have unveiled the new version of their mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore has given a demo of eight of some of the new features that will be included in the new version of the OS. Some features included are: a new SIM-based NFC wallet experience that will initially launch on Orange (and also appears to include iOS 6 Passbook-like features for third-party cards, etc.), Nokia Map technology for offline maps and turn-by-turn, and an updated customizable homescreen.
With the release of the Windows Phone 8, all of the Windows Phone 7 devices will not be getting the upgrade. All Windows Phone 7 devices are now orphaned.