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Microsoft reveals secrets of flagship Windows Phone it killed off


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Windows Phone fans can now add a new file to their memories of what could have been if Microsoft hadn't scrapped its Nokia smartphone ambitions.

Microsoft in mid-2014 – when Apple iPhone sales were beating Wall Street expectations and current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the reins from Steve Ballmer – killed an unreleased Windows Phone flagship, codenamed McLaren, which was supposed to introduce 3D Touch to Nokia hardware.

Windows Central managed to get their hands on the device in 2016, shedding light on Microsoft's novel approach to interaction and a camera that could have been better than the 2013 Nokia Lumia 1020's 41-megapixel offering.

Nokia McLaren in fact had a 20-megapixel camera and 3D Touch and would have also introduced a gesture system that sensed the direction of a user's finger as it approached the screen, potentially opening a new way for developers to expose more information from Live Tiles by supposedly 'exploding' on approach.

Laura Butler, a distinguished engineer and vice president at Microsoft, has now shared some extra details about the famed Windows Phone that never was. Butler, an early employee at Microsoft, was "the driving force" behind the Windows Phone 7 Metro interface, live tiles, home screen and touch.

"You've all heard about the McLaren phone and it was real," she said in a short video posted by Microsoft.


Read more: Windows Phone: Microsoft reveals secrets of flagship smartphone it killed off | ZDNet
 

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