Windows Phone 8 Technology Is Impressive: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-06-21 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 8 and delivered what might be the most impressive version of the software yet with many new features including support for encryption and deep Skype integration.

Microsoft on June 20 unveiled Windows Phone 8, the company€™s vision for the future of its mobile operating system. By most measures, the platform looks to be a significant improvement over Windows Phone 7. The only stakeholders upset by the move might be those who currently own a Windows Phone 7-based device. Microsoft says there will be no upgrade path from that platform to the new one, unless they buy a new phone with the latest operating system. 

Still, Windows Phone 8 is impressive. The operating system marks a significant shift for Microsoft, which has tied it in with the NT kernel, effectively making it a Windows-based device. Even better, it now supports dual- and quad-core devices and can scale to up to 64 cores whenever mobile devices hit that milestone. Simply put, Windows Phone 8 is ready for primetime and it€™s about time everyone understands why. 

Read on to find out why Windows Phone 8 is one of the more impressive additions to the mobile space in recent memory: 

1. Dual- and quad-core support 

Microsoft has said that Windows Phone 8 will (finally) support both dual- and quad-core smartphones. In fact, the company€™s integration of the platform on the Windows 8 kernel will allow it to support up to 64 cores€”though that€™s a long ways off. Since it will support many more processor cores, Windows Phone 8 users should have a much better experience at their fingertips. 

2. Near-field communication, anyone? 

It was no surprise that Microsoft announced that near-field communication will be making its way to Windows Phone 8. The technology, which will allow users to engage in a host of activities, including paying for products from their smartphones, is the future of the mobile space. And Microsoft has acknowledged that with its integration. 

3. The new (smarter) Start Screen 

The new Start Screen is something most Windows Phone 7 users will be happy to find in the new version of the operating system. The new Start Screen will support three different tile sizes, enabling users to fit more on the screen. Microsoft€™s Live Tiles were a big hit in Windows Phone 7, and look to be even better in Windows Phone 8. 

4. Shift to the NT kernel 

Microsoft€™s decision to transition to the NT kernel is undoubtedly its best decision with Windows Phone 8. Known as Windows Core, the kernel and associated OS functions will help bridge the gap between Windows on the desktop and Windows in the mobile space. For developers and IT staff looking for that happy marriage, this is a dream come true. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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