Windows Phone is a mobile operating system platform with a difference. It is a worthy successor to the older Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. The innovative Metro design system user interface of Windows Phone 7 has made it the ideal choice of mobile operating system for smartphones and mobile devices. The Windows Phone is basically targeted at the consumer market rather than the enterprise market. The Metro interface consists of Start screen and Live Tiles that provide links to applications and dynamic features. The real time update of these features makes maintenance of smartphones very convenient for the users.
Some significant features of Windows Phone include:
• Bringing about a sea change in look and feel, the Windows Phone avoids backward compatibility with older Windows Mobile platform. Older Windows Mobile smartphones also cannot upgrade to Windows Phone. This makes sense, as the new generation of mobile users prefer cutting-edge performance.
• Smartphone users with Windows Phone can select from a range of third-party applications available through Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The apps and features for Windows Phone are a delightful mix of music, sports, news, games, books, and internet tools.
• Mobile versions of Office and Internet Explorer are tailored to suit the needs of professional users on the move.
• Communication is supported through phone, text, Skype, email and instant messaging.
• The security and customization features ensure that using Windows Phone is not only safe but also entertaining as well. Kids would enjoy playing their favourite games or listening to music using the Kid’s Corner.
• The camera, in combination with photo editing tools, serves to enhance your creative talents. You can also take, edit, and share videos. The availability of choice in this regard makes Windows Phone ideal for multimedia and entertainment products enthusiasts.
• A large number of apps are available free of cost. In addition, you can purchase high quality apps to serve your diverse tastes.
• GPS navigation, magazine and news reading, as well social media interaction are facilitated with the various applications that are written and made easily available to consumers.
• Offers students and professionals good opportunities to develop intelligent and smart applications. Availability of starter guides, professional developer tools, code, and support ensures more and more useful apps are created and marketed.
The latest version, Windows Phone 8, is making a concerted effort to find acceptance and support of enterprises and developers too. Enterprise management tools, encryption and security technologies make the new version an ideal choice for large corporations and business firms. Developers too can benefit from the new version, as they can develop applications in their favourite system programming language. It is also expected that Microsoft is going to release Windows Phone 7.8 operating system so as to bridge the gap between Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 devices and Microsoft Windows Phone 8 devices. Most of the features seen on Windows Phone 8 devices would also be seen on Windows Phone 7.8 devices so that Windows Phone 7.5 users can upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 to enjoy the features of Windows Phone 8.