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Windows Phone
Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform, although incompatible with it. Windows Phone offers a new user interface called Metro, integrates the operating system with third party services and other Microsoft services, and sets minimum requirements for the hardware, on which it runs.
Windows Phone alternatives are:
iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows
Here are the latest news about Windows Phone:

13.07.17 Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone

Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates.  If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address.  Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.

2014 Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud

As you know, last September Microsoft agreed to acquire Nokia. Of course, such a large acquisition is a long process and it's not officially complete yet. Formally, Nokia is still - an independent company and can produce phones on any platform it wants. Even on the Windows Phone's rival - Android. However, the new Android-phone Nokia X presented today has been blessed by Microsoft. Here is why. This is not the Android, which we use to see on Samsung, HTC or LG phones. This is a modification , built on the source code of Android Open Source Project. This modification doesn't contain Google applications (GMail, Talk, Calendar, Drive ...) but instead provides Microsoft's Outlook, OneDrive and Skype. There is no way to install apps from Google Play - only from Nokia Store or third-party Android- appstores (like GetJar or Yandex.Store ...). Nevertheless, almost all Android- app (including GMail) can be installed on this smartphone.

The interface of this phone reminds more Windows Phone than Android. It's assumed that this will make Android-fans to gradually get used to the tile interface and after some time they will upgrade to real Windows Phone.

And the main thing: the combination of Nokia and Android - means small price. Nokia X costs just 89 euros, and of course, it will be sold to in large quantities. But every buyer - is a potential user of Microsoft's cloud and candidate to purchase Windows Phone.

Nokia X will be available next week.

2013 Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control

Microsoft invented one more reason why business users should buy Windows Phone (but not Android or iPhone). If you often go to business meeting and show presentation on projector, you can now use Windows Phone (8) as a remote control. For this you need to install this free app Office Remote and add to it needed PowerPoint, Word, Excel documents (in fact, this app can only remotely control MS Office documents and not the whole computer). For example, you can open PowerPoint presentation, switch slides and even drive the laser pointer (that follows the movements of a finger on the phone screen). Also, you can remotely open and browse Word and Excel documents. Phone is connected to computer via Bluetooth.

2012 Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC

Long ago Microsoft was living in harmony: it had OS Windows for desktop computers (PCs) and Windows Mobile for pocket computers (Pocket PCs). Both operating systems had a similar interface (with desktop, Start button, icons, ...) and worked on a single code. But then iPhone, Android and tablets appeared and Microsoft was forced to disrupt this harmony and invent something totally new - WinPhone, Metro-interface, etc. And now, after the long searches, Microsoft is again coming to harmony. PCs and tablets (which Microsoft calls Tablet PCs) will run the same OS - Windows 8. The only missing part was the unified operating system for smartphones that can turn them to Pocket PCs. And this is the very mission of the new Windows Phone 8, that was demonstrated this week.

As you can see, Windows 8 (Metro) interface is now the same on computers, tablets and smartphones. Only on the smartphone you need to scroll it, because of the small screen size. But it was the same in Windows Phone 7. And the main difference of Windows Phone 8 from the previous versions is that it's built on the Windows 8 code, and not on old Windows Mobile. What it means? Now software developers that making apps for Windows 8 with a minimum effort will be able to port the apps to Windows Phone 8. Ideally they will need only to tune the interface for the small screen size.

The new Windows Phone adds support of multicore processors, high resolution screens (up to 1280 x 768), microSD cards and NFC. In addition, the new mobile Internet Explorer 10 will work 4 times faster than the previous version and will much better support HTML5. We also expect the full-featured mobile Skype.

Microsoft has also improved the enterprise features - added support for data encryption, secure boot, centralized app installation and upgrade.

But there is also bad news. Users that have Windows 7.x smartphones will not be able to update them to v.8. This is because the new OS is based on a different code.

2012 Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone

Looks like Windows Phone is gaining popularity step by step. Last month, all Internet was laughing at the fact that for the question "What is the best smartphone ever?" Siri (the voice assistant in iPhone) responded Nokia Lumia 900. But today the same question has been asked to the voice assistant S-Voice (that lives in the best Android-smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3). And it responded that the best smartphone ever is another Windows Phone - HTC Trophy. Both voice assistants base their responses on information from the certain online sources. Siri was basing on the data from Wolfram Alfa portal, and the S-Voice looked directly at the Best Buy’s user rating, which now lists the HTC Trophy as the top smartphone (while the Lumia is now #4 on the list). Thus, even in the US (where Apple is the king) Windows Phones are selling quite well.