Microsoft has had a big month. First they released the retail preview of their new OS, Windows 8, then they announced a new tablet. Hot on the heels of the tablet, they’ve announced a new version of OS for their mobile phones, Windows Phone 8. From the preview it’s safe to say that the new OS will be solid. There is one major problem for current Windows Phone users however.
There are some great new features in the new OS that businesses will find useful. One being heavy integration with Windows 8. This means that program developers will be able to make a program for Windows 8 and easily convert it into a mobile app that can be accessed by users on Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft also noted that businesses will be able to better manage Windows Phone 8 devices. Basically, companies will get their own operating environment and will be able to control what apps and documents can be installed and accessed by users. This update should prove to be a viable and secure mobile OS.
It’s not all roses though, Microsoft also announced that users of Windows Phone 7 - anyone with a Windows Phone at this time - will not be able to upgrade with Windows Phone 8. In other words, the new OS is a completely separate environment from previous phones. If you want to upgrade to the new OS, you’ll have to buy new phones. For the near future, current users will be upgraded to version 7.8, which will have the same layout as the new version, but won’t be able to use Windows Phone 8 apps.
We strongly recommend that if you’re looking at buying a new Windows Phone, you hold off until the new OS is released. If you’d like to know more about Windows Phone 8, please contact us.