Okay, the big news in pretty much every corner of the Web at the moment is that Windows is going to be updated big style. Windows 8 will revolutionize the computing world (according to the software giant) and will account for a ‘jolt’ in the industry. Whether this is true or not will pretty much have to be seen when the actual thing gets released, but this is Microsoft, pioneer of the digital age, and they generally get things right for millions of users. But as if that wasn’t enough, they are going to port the operating system directly into the new Windows Phone 8 Smartphones. This means a big change for Windows Phone users, and a healthy dose of the unexpected.
Windows Phone 8 SmartphonesThere are a lot of exciting things attached to Windows Phone 8 smartphones, and when it comes to these smartphone expect to be very impressed. Of course, the system is not out yet, so Microsoft can tweak it as much as they want, but some of the ideas are mouthwatering. For example, there will be full integration with Skydrive, so you can use your phone to listen to the music on your PC more seamlessly, and share data with more ease of use too. This is a big step forward for Windows, and it brings the system up to speed with Apple, who have been telling anyone who will listen about thseir iCloud for the last six months.
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Windows Phone 8 BrowsingYou also get the Internet Explorer 10 browser, which is nifty and will transform the smartphone beyond recognition when you start surfing. This helps in a big way, most obviously in speed. The browser compresses web pages by up to 30%. This means that you can render pages faster, and also use less of your data plan than you did previously with Mango.
The biggest rumor out there as regards this new operating system was connected with the old operating system. Mango has a ton of great apps that really helped to lift Windows alongside Apple and Android. However, the industry specialists and bloggers have been speculating if the new operating system was going to ram the door shut against Mango. Microsoft is saying this is not true, and that the new system will be able to run Windows 7 apps and software. Of course, it sounds silly that this should not be the case, but Microsoft are as stubborn and focused as Apple, and a lack of connectivity was always a slight possibility.
NFC enabledWindows Phone 8 smartphones will have NFC chips built in so you get the snazzy (and increasingly useful) trick of being able to pay your restaurant bills and access ticket barriers etc. through your phone. This is becoming the future of paying for your daily stuff, and it is nice to see that Windows is recognizing this and building it into the new handsets.
It’s early days (Apollo isn’t expected in any country until October) but look forward to a major ‘jolt’ when it hits the shelves. Our most exciting bit? The faster browsing. It’s going to make a big difference.
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