Software giant Microsoft has officially taken wraps off its next generation mobile operating system the Windows Phone 8.
The new Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to gain foothold in the mobile operating system space. The Windows Phone 8 brings in a great new level of functionality and visual appeal which certainly is worth exploring.
Global handset players like HTC, Nokia and Samsung have already unveiled flagship Windows Phone 8 devices over last couple of months, but so far haven’t released them. Now with Operating system live the handsets will now go on sale in Europe starting this weekend following with the global rollout starting November.
The Windows Phone 8 has gone some major changes in terms of looks and the home screen. It features new colors and customisable live tiles with up to three different sizes to choose from. But that’s not all as the home screen now comes with live apps as well which showcase real-time information right on the home screen for better and faster access.
The Windows Phone 8 comes with support for multi core processors in both dual core and quad core variants. Along with that Microsoft has also added support for HD resolutions – 1280×768 and 1280×720 natively to the displays of the devices which definitely will be some eye candy for the users.
The applications count which was a sad story for most Windows Mobile users earlier has been beefed up as currently 1,20,000 apps are available for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Along with that the Windows 8 come with the all new Internet Explorer 10 that carries the same web browsing engine that is meant to be used in Windows 8 for PCs for faster and much quicker browsing with greater support for HTML apps as well.
And finally now users will be able to use micro SD memory cards to get additional storage in Windows Phone 8 devices.
The new devices based on the Windows Phone 8 OS will also get the Near Field Communication support which allows sharing content wirelessly by merely tapping with another NFC supporting device. To complement the NFC, Microsoft has added the Microsoft Wallet app for the consumers to load in cash, add credit/debit cards, bank details and other membership details for making mobile payments on the go.
For the kids the Windows Phone 8 brings the Kids section. Parents will now be allowed to activate a specialised place on the phone for kids to play, complete with their own customisable start screens within the device while protecting other important stuff for them. Kids will only be able to access the apps, games, music and videos picked by parents for them.
Also there will be a much better Skype experience for the users with the application now deeply integrated within the operating system.