Just a few days after the unveiling of the 'Surface' Tablet, Microsoft Corp. announced the introduction of the new Mobile software which will be released this fall, Windows Phone 8. The partnership with Nokia earlier last year allowed Market penetration to increase, yet Android and iOS devices have been the predominant systems in the industry, but important features and components in the Windows 8 Mobile OS might just be the edge Microsoft needed. Windows Phone 8 shares several core codes with other Windows 8 platforms allowing developers to easily create and port software for different devices, and allowing cross platform sharing and networking. The key features introduced with the system are;
- The compatibility of Micro SD removable external storage.
- Support for HD formats for different screen sizes and resolutions.
- A Wallet App which allows the user to add funds on this virtual account and process payment through NFC networking.
- Support for multi-core chips, which allows the system to turn off cores to save battery life when not in use and turn on the extra cores when more processing power is needed.
- Built in Malware detector, which provides the user with warnings when accessing sites that might harm the device.
- A more customizable home screen allowing the user to change between styles and layouts of their favorite Apps.
- Allowing Skype to run in the background so that the user can receive calls and chats whilst using another app.
- Built in Maps courtesy of Nokia Navteq,
- And a vaster array of Apps and games to be included in the Market.
This system will be launched this fall, alongside the Surface tablet and the PC version of the software. This might be and indication of what's to come with all of Microsoft's platforms, a unique code shared between different devices allowing a better way to communicate and share items between them, and maybe even integrate two systems for one particular task.