Microsoft has announced that existing Windows Phone handsets will not have support for in-app purchasing since it will be exclusive to Windows Phone 8 devices.
In-app purchasing allows developers to sell items within their applications. The Redmond-based software giant unveiled its plan to include in-app purchasing on Windows Phone devices at the Windows Phone Summit in June.
Two months after the announcement, Microsoft now says it will limit the feature to Windows Phone 8 only. Consequently, in-app purchasing will no longer arrive to current Windows Phone devices such as the Nokia Lumia 900, which will only receive a Windows Phone 7.8 update, and handsets that are stuck with Windows Phone 7 operating systems.
Apparently, the only Windows Phone 8 feature that will set foot on Windows Phone 7 devices is the revamped homescreen, which allows users to change tile colors and resize them.
Windows Phone 8 also comes with support for NFC, screen resolutions higher than WVGA (480 x 800 pixels), multicore processors and microSD expansion.
Microsoft is set to release Windows Phone 8 in October after Nokia launches its first WP8 handsets next month at Nokia World.
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