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New Windows Phone 8 features announced by Microsoft

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Back in June when Microsoft first made the world aware of the new Windows Phone 8 software, the company mentioned plenty of new features they plan to implement.  Features like more display resolutions supported, multi-core chipsets and the support for microSD cards.  What we were not told was when the new operating system was going to be released.  The rumor mill has started up on this one and according to ZDNet; the Windows Phone 8 will be released to manufacturing stage in the month of September, with the first devices powered by the OS coming in November.  Putting new handsets with new operating systems and new features out in November is one sure way to get a boost in sales during the holiday shopping season.

Microsoft has only gone as far as saying the operating system will launch in the fall.  The company has reportedly talked about launching the Windows 8 software on October 26th, so many assumed that would be a good time to launch the Windows Phone 8 software as well.  Whether Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 come in October or November the company can really make some waves and drum up some excitement for the launch of both systems.  The only official comments that were made came from Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop and he said that “the coming release of the Windows Phone 8 software in October…..would further lift the sales of Lumia devices”.

Nokia had recently reported some very poor sales numbers of their Lumia series handsets in the second quarter, but at the same time, online reports show that Elop did say “Lumia activations were flat to up in the weeks following Windows Phone 8 announcements”, so that is good news for Nokia and the Lumia handset.  The fact that existing Windows Phone 7 mobile apps will also run on the new Windows Phone 8 software is also a bonus for the small percentage that own a Windows Phone powered device.

Currently there are options if you want to give the Windows Phone operating system a try.  Handsets powered by the software include the Nokia Lumia 900, HTC Titan II, the LG Miracle, ZTE Orbit and the Samsung Omnia M.  New devices that are in the pipeline that are rumored to run on the new Windows Phone 8 software include the HTC Rio, Accord and Zenith.

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