Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 8: All about WP8 Features/Highlights
Microsoft has just revealed its new and well anticipated mobile operating system Windows Phone 8. The new Windows Phone 8 has the codename of Apollo which has been enriched enough to compete rivals operating systems with the inclusion of latest wireless technologies like near field communication (NFC), support for muti-core processors, and higher screen resolutions.
Most important aspect of the new operating system Windows Phone 8 just introduced by Microsoft is the fact that company has re-coded Windows Phone OS to boost its features to the next level of satisfaction. Notably, the for previous versions of Windows Phone were based on Microsoft’s old mobile OS-Windows CE, but new operating system contains the same source code used in the company’s coming desktop OS, Windows 8.
It will eventually attract millions of smartphone developers and consumers since creating a Windows Phone App will become easier for developers who already have a Windows 8 app compatible with Metro UI (and vice versa) while for consumers, Windows Phone 8 will bring a number of new handy apps and better hardware to run them.
Moreover, the new OS will also outdate all existing Windows Phone devices because those phones won’t be able to run the new Windows 8.
As mentioned above, Windows Phone 8 now supports many new hardware features which was most anticipated by its users including support for multi-core devices, a common feature of both Android and iOS platforms. Also, it is compatible with higher screen resolutions, including 720p and 1,280 x 768 (WXGA). Though it doesn’t a retina display yet it’s better than the 800 x 480 screen of the Nokia Lumia 900, one of the major phones running Windows Phone OS. And the most significant features of Windows Phone 8 are the supports for external storage in the form of microSD cards and NFC as well.
NFC support will be quite useful for customers as it offers easy mobile payments, obviously, and Microsoft has offered it now. According to Microsoft, the company has introduced the “most complete” mobile wallet solution, working directly with carrier partners to implement it like ISIS in the U.S- a mobile-payments collaboration between Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, though Microsoft discloses that consumers would be able to enjoy that partnership next year.
Moreover, Windows Phone 8 has also divorced Nokia Maps by adopting Microsoft’s own Bing Maps service which will provide offline viewing of maps too.
The extreme feature introduced by Microsoft in WP8 is the inclusion of dynamic “live tiles” on the home screen which makes this a highly admired and well improved operating system capable of competing Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Live tiles are also now much more customizable, with the options for color and size selection. So now you are free to modify your home screen in much more detail e.g. if you are a sports lover, you can beautify it with sports apps those keep informed you on the fly with scores and photos.
Microsoft new Windows 8 OS supports encryption, secure boot and device management, and it also includes mobile versions of Microsoft’s popular Office apps.
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