Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 8
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, the newest iteration of the company’s smartphone operating system. The operating system is based around Live Tiles that link to apps and notifications, and can be arranged on the user’s home screen.
New features include Live Apps, which update automatically and present information on the start screen; Data Sense, a system that adjusts data usage via image compression and delaying of background updates; and the ability to make payments via NFC (near field communications) technology.
Windows Phone 8 also adds Kid’s Corner, which allows the user to set up separate profiles for children that disable messaging and important functions such as photo deletion. Parents can set up a customized home screen on the device with approved games and apps.
Mobile devices running Windows Phone 8 will go on sale in November. Nokia, Samsung, and HTC will be releasing multiple devices in the United States on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.