Windows Phone 8 Detailed by Microsoft

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft continued its busy week on Wednesday by unveiling mobile OS Windows Phone 8 during the company’s Windows Phone Summit held in San Francisco, California. The release is set for full availability in the fall.

“We want Windows Phone to be personal, relevant to the user through sensors and data and the most connected experience, betting on the cloud,” remarked Windows Phone VP Terry Myerson, according to a report from tech site GigaOm.

The Windows maker has increasingly looked to up its game in a mobile market currently dominated by competitors Apple and Google.

Previously code-named “Apollo,” the new version of Windows Phone 8 integrates a number of changes to the platform. According to a CNET report, one of the biggest tweaks allows users to customize the metro-styled start screen. Users are now able to resize tiles along with changing their colors.

Also in the mix is easier app porting, maps by Nokia, app management through voice commands, the ability to have in-app purchases, the addition of a Wallet Hub allowing for secure financial storage and something everyone loves, new games! (Yes, that means Word with Friends is coming to Windows Phone).

Microsoft rolled out its Surface tablet product on Monday amid considerable fanfare. The tablet will run on versions of Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. It also features a kickstand and a cover that multi-tasks as a keyboard.