Windows® Phone 8
Windows® Phone 8 is the most advanced mobile operating system from Microsoft® to date. It’s based on the same core technologies that power Windows 8, bringing you improved performance and exciting new features. The Start screen has been enhanced to include a vibrant new palette of theme colors and three sizes of Live Tiles, making Windows Phone more personal than ever.
- See what’s up with your friends and family, where your next meeting is, or how many emails you’ve received—all from your redesigned Start screen. The Live Tiles give you real-time updates on the things you care about most.
- Experience better multitasking with multi-core processor support. The dual-core architecture enables new and improved application functionality.
- Share photos, documents, and contact info with support for Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless sharing. Move items from your Windows Phone to your PC, or tap and send to another NFC-equipped device.
- Keep your debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important information right at your fingertips with the new digital Wallet feature.
- View everything on a bigger, sharper screen. Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280x768 and 1280x720—so you can immerse yourself in HD.
- Transfer photos, music, videos, and more onto your PC. Windows Phone 8 provides for flexible storage with removable microSD™ card support.
- Browse the Web with Internet Explorer® 10. It’s faster and more secure than ever, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter that block dangerous websites and malware.
- Get detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions with Nokia mapping. You can even store maps offline on your Windows Phone so you can use them later, without a data connection.
- Enjoy a new wave of amazing apps and games available with Windows Phone 8. And if you like your Windows Phone 7 apps, they’ll still run on Windows Phone 8. Now you can choose from more than 175,000 apps and games available for download from the Windows Phone Store.
- Use it for work, not just for play. Windows Phone 8 introduces new features and capabilities for the workplace, including device encryption, improved security, remote management, and company Hubs.
- Take multitasking even further with VoIP (Voice over IP) and video chat. Skype™ and other third-party VoIP apps can be fully integrated into your Windows Phone dialer and contacts, so incoming VoIP calls seem like any other call.
Windows Phone 7.5
The Windows® Phone 7.5 mobile operating system is organized around the person or group you’re interacting with, instead of the app you need to use. Smart app integration is built in, so apps show up when and where you need them. And you get PC-like Web browsing* with Internet Explorer 9 Mobile and Bing®.
- Switch between text, Facebook® chat, and Windows Live® Messenger—all within the same conversation.
- Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles, so you can see the latest status updates and quickly send a text, email, or IM.
- Enjoy a more integrated social networking experience, with Facebook, Twitter®, Windows Live, and LinkedIn® feeds appearing in your contacts view. Facebook check-ins and photo tagging are built in as well.
- View email from multiple accounts in one linked inbox, organized by conversation so you can stay on top of the latest.
- Chat hands-free using built-in speech-to-text and text-to-speech support.
- Connect apps to search results and integrate with your Windows Phone Hubs, so the apps you need surface when and where you need them.
- Get real-time information from apps without having to open them. Windows Phone Live Tiles can be bigger, more dynamic, and hold more information than ever.
- Seamlessly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background, preserving battery life and improving performance.
- Be among the first to experience Internet Explorer Mobile plus hardware acceleration.
- Get local search results and recommendations on nearby restaurants, shopping, and activities with Bing Local Scout.
- Enjoy more ways to search the Web, including Bing Vision, Bing Audio, and voice. Bing for Mobile makes searching easy with new ways to find information, featuring music and visual search built-in.
- When searching for a product, movie, event, or place, view a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.
*Available on devices that support hardware acceleration.
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