Microsoft has indicated that it will give a "sneak peak" of Windows Phone 8 next week, bringing various expected enhancements including Skype integration, an NFC Wallet experience and improvements to the camera technology.
According to WPCentral, Bing Maps will bear the Nokia name in Windows 8 devices, and come with a unified map design that displays recent traffic updates and information.
This follows an announcement in May that Microsoft and Nokia were expanding their partnership by incorporating the Finnish company's navigation systems into Bing Maps.
Stephen Elop, the boss of Nokia, also told Pocket-lint earlier in the year that 'Nokia' branding would increasingly show up in maps supplied by Microsoft.
Maps are becoming a key battleground for mobile operating systems, as Apple yesterday announced plans to launch its own maps service in iOS 6, dropping Google maps as the preloaded option in the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
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The Windows Phone Developer Summit will be held on June 20 and 21, but Microsoft has also issued invites for a special one day "Windows Phone Summit" on June 20.
The Verge feels that Microsoft will use the event to show off Windows Phone 8, thought to be codenamed 'Apollo'.
The upgrade is expected to improve hardware support for multi-core processors, introduce four screen resolutions and a 'contactless wallet experience'.
Microsoft is also thought to hope that a more unified code will make it easier for developers to create new apps for Windows Phone devices, helping them compete with iOS and Android.
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