Microsoft has recently announced the next version of their popular mobile operating system few days ago at Windows Phone Summit. The upgraded version of Windows Phone 7 will be launched soon as Windows Phone 8 in market. The new phones with Windows Phone 8 OS will be available in market later this year.
The new Windows Phone 8 OS is totally written and sourced from the main stream upcoming computer operating system, Windows 8. It is based on the same core technologies that power Windows 8, which means it will unleash a new wave of features for consumers, developers, and businesses.
Windows Phone 8 is having a fully revamped beautiful, fluid and flexible Start Screen which gives user more power to organize their live tiles in much better way. There is an option to resize the tiles in different sizes according to which app matters to you the most.
Windows Phone 8 shares the common networking, security, media and web browser technology, and a common file system with Windows 8. This move from Microsoft has turned Windows Phone 8 into a rock solid platform with better performance, more features, and new opportunities for app developers and hardware makers to innovate faster.
Here is the list of new features of Windows Phone 8
- Multi-core processor support: Windows Phone 7 was limited to support single core processors but Windows Phone 8 now supports multi-core processor for much better and lag free operations.
- High Resolution Screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280×768 and 1280×720. It’s time to see some amazing Windows Phone 8 with high-definition displays.
- External Storage support: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards. It is now going to be easier to sync music, photos, videos and other important files to phone from PC.
- NFC wireless sharing: NFC stands for Near Field Communication, it is an emerging wireless technology lets phones share things over short distances. Windows Phone 8 devices will make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier with other NFC-equipped devices.
- Internet Explorer 10: Windows Phone is going to have the same web browser which will come with Windows 8 for PCs and Tablets. IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
- Wallet: This new digital Wallet feature of Windows Phone 8 can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
- Better maps and directions: To bring more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on phone to work with maps without a data connection on Windows Phone 8; Microsoft has partnered with Nokia to provide Nokia Maps as mainstream mapping platform on Windows Phone 8.
- More apps and games: As Windows Phone 8 has core technology of Windows 8 at its heart; developers who will develop apps for Windows 8 can port their apps for Windows Phone 8 easily.
New Windows Phone 8 features for Business Users
Windows Phone 8 will bring some business-friendly features as well. The new features include:
- Device encryption: Windows Phone 8 includes built-in technology to encrypt the entire device, including the operating system and data files. You can keep your important and confidential data password protected and safe from the reach of intruders.
- Better security: Windows Phone 8 supports the United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot protocol and features improved app “sandboxing,” so the phone is better protected from malware with multiple layers of security.
- Remote management: With Windows Phone 8, IT departments can manage apps and phones remotely, with tools similar to ones they now employ for Windows PCs.
- Company Hub and apps: Companies can create their own Windows Phone 8 Hub for custom employee apps and other critical business info.
Watch Windows Phone 8 in action
Windows Phone 8 updates will be delivered wirelessly over-the-air (OTA), so you don’t have to bother plugging your phone into your PC to update anymore.
The first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices will come from Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC; all powered by next-generation Qualcomm chips.
There is a lot more to come with Windows Phone 8 and we are clearly expecting that this time Microsoft has hit the right nerve of the market. Right now, it’s just wait and watch and time will tell the rest!