Microsoft has unveiled their next version of its mobile phone operating system today, Windows Phone 8. The new platform will be coming in fall to support a whole bunch of new hardware which includes dual core and quad core CPUs, three screen resolutions, removable microSD storage and more.
Windows Phone 7 on the other hand hasn't been a popular choice since the iPhone and Android mobile OSes made their way into our lives. But Windows Phone users have been known to rate their phones very highly, according to Microsoft.
The new updates to the platform are making it more attractive. And it could be a reason to make the switch. Windows Phone 8 will share the same core as Windows 8. Which means, Windows Phone 8 users will have greater hardware choices and capabilities. Microsoft said that iOS and Android app developers will find it easier to port their apps to Windows Phone 8 as well, which could mean a whole lot of apps for Windows Phone Users.
Some quick announcements by Microsoft:
Multi-core chipsets: When Windows Phone 8 is released in the fall, dual-core will be supported, quad-core coming later WVGA, WXGA, and 720p (16:9) screen resolutions Removable microSD support, including installing apps Internet Explorer 10 built-in Common platform with Windows 8 (DirectX and graphics drivers, great for game developers) NFC support for mobile wallet; Microsoft is working with mobile carriers to put the security in the SIM card Nokia/NAVTEQ mapping Encryption (BitLocker) and Office support Live Tiles with three customizable size settings
But there's bad news. Current Windows Phone users won't be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8, although some WP8 features will be available in Windows Phone 7.8, according to The Verge. But it could actually be a good thing overall. Check out our following posts for the reason to that.