SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft launched its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system today.
The INQUIRER is at Microsoft's London launch event where the firm announced the arrival of its Windows Phone 8 operating system, which it claims will offer consumers "a much greater choice in hardware" and delivers some exciting new features.
Chief amongst these new features is a more customisable user interface enabling Windows Phone 8 users to resize Microsoft's quirky Live Tiles to make the experience more personal. The updated mobile operating system also brings support for multi-core processors and higher-resolution screens, with Windows Phone 8 supporting WXGA at 1280x768 and HD 720p at 1280x720.
Thankfully, Microsoft is promising that apps will scale up nicely on these high resolution displays, saying, "All existing Windows Phone 7 apps will run great with no modification on these new resolutions.
"The resolution change is invisible to developers."
That's not all Windows Phone 8 has got going for it. Microsoft has also been keen to talk up the operating system's new Internet Explorer 10 web browser, Nokia Mapping service, baked-in NFC support and Skype video calling.
It's perfect for business users too, Microsoft boasts, as it arrives with encryption and secure boot, LOB App deployment, device management and familiar office apps.
The first Windows Phone 8 devices are set to tip up in the UK early next month, including the flagship HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S and Nokia's Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones.