The new Windows 8 Phone OS will be available this fall according to Microsoft, bridging the gap between mobile and desktop windows computing. However, Microsoft has stated that current Windows phones will not receive the OS update.
Earlier this week Microsoft announced the Surface Tablet, a major step towards its breakthrough into the tablet market. But the company seems to always be playing a catch up game with Apple and Android who have already dominated the tablet industry.
In 2010 Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 7 OS, and earlier this year Nokia launched its first Windows phone. Sales have been less than overwhelming, with only 2.2 percent of smartphones shipped out worldwide running Microsoft software in comparison to 23 percent for Apple and a massive 59 percent for Android. The new Windows Phone 8 OS is said to bring new applications and metro features that will bring the OS up to date with current mobile operating systems.
Hit games like Words with Friends and Draw Something will soon be available as apps for Windows 8 as well as over 100,000 applications already available for windows phones currently. This still is less than the apps available for Apple and Android devices.
The Windows 8 OS will be compatible with memory card expansions and will also make use of multiple core processing, bringing a boost to tablet power. It seems that Windows has a lot to compete with though. Will Microsoft be able to catch up to Apple and Android in the tablet market?
The new OS will work with NFC capabilities which could be used for credit card payments via mobile devices. Some android devices already come with this feature.
And as for updating previous windows smartphones, the new OS will share the OS kernel with Windows 8 RT, which runs on tablets and computers. This will lead to manufactures having an easier time building compatible hardware, but also makes it difficult to install the OS on older Windows phones due to changes at such a basic level.