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Windows Phone 8 has lots of ups, but leaves WP7-device owners stuck




Microsoft recently announced the new Windows Phone 8, its new operating system for mobile phones, and reviewers are out in full force dissecting and analyzing it. Here's a glimpse of what they're saying:

The platforms looks to be signficantly improved from Windows Phone 7. Here are 10 reasons why the new Windows Phone 8 is impressive by

One drawback, however, is that there's no upgrade path, meaning those who have a Windows Phone 7 is stuck. Microsoft has promised a Windows Phone 7.8 to try to satisfy those who can't upgrade. MSN offers a look at some of the features.

Washington Post also took a stab, noting that speech integration, digital wallet and more games are on the way. Gizmodo says the customizable start screen is the best yet.

So who's going to be making WP8 handsets? Microsoft named four makers who will have WP 8 phones ready for launch later this year: Nokia, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung. And Qualcomm will supply the Snapdragon S4 Plus processors.

What will this mean for businesses? Information Week noted five features aimed at enterprises, including better security, company hub and more.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:39pm]


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