Updated 23 May, 2013, 5:30 pm IST
Windows Phone 8 RTM ready, expected to reach OEMs soon
| by Rossi Fernandes |
Microsoft might have just signed off on Windows Phone 8’s final build. A photo uploaded to a Chinese social networking site called Sina Weibo, which was discovered by LiveSino, shows Microsoft employees signing off on a poster off that reads Windows Phone 8 RTM. Microsoft Phone’s Corporate Vice President, Terry Myerson is seen signing off on the poster. There’s a lot happening in the Microsoft camp this year, apart from of course, the major Windows 8 OS launch. Windows Phone 8 is expected to launch very soon after that or around the same time. Windows Phone 8 is the mobile operating system being developed by Microsoft to take on Google’s dominant Android and Apple’s iPhone smartphone market. After lagging behind the mobile OS race, Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 back in 2010, which was then followed by Windows Phone 7.5 in late 2011.
Enter the next level in Windows mobility
There’s no official date of launch for Windows Phone 8 just yet, but the news of the RTM build being final means that phone manufacturers and OEMs should be receiving this final build of the OS real soon. The first of the phones are expected to hit markets sometime in November this year. So far, the officially announced smartphones to ship with the Windows Phone 8 OS are Samsung’s ATIV S and Nokia’s own Lumia 920 and 820 models.
There are quite a few improvements over the older version. Here are some of the highlighted features that users can expect to find on Windows Phone 8:
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