Windows 8, Phone 8 Release Date Looms: 10 Features Worth a Close Look

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-10-08 Print this article Print
Windows 8: App Marketplace

Windows 8: App Marketplace

Windows 8 will finally deliver what many enterprise users and consumers have desired: an application marketplace. With its launch, users will be able to download digital copies of programs, just as they can on Windows Phone 8.


Microsoft is poised to have an awfully big fourth quarter. The company on Oct. 26 will release Windows 8, the latest version of its venerable desktop operating system. In addition, Microsoft will finally launch its latest mobile operating system version, Windows Phone 8. That platform will make its first appearance on Nokia’s Lumia 920, but will likely come to a host of devices from several major vendors, including HTC and Samsung. For those in the developer community, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have quickly become known quantities. For months now, Microsoft has allowed developers to try out the operating systems and create programs for them. And along the way, we’ve heard some good and bad things about both software products. But the legions of people who haven’t had a chance to try out Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 yet, are sure to have many questions about Microsoft’s latest operating system products. Will they work well? Will they be secure? And perhaps most importantly, will they be worth using? None of those questions will be answered so quickly. But for both consumers and enterprise users, now is a good time to find out about the features worth checking out to determine if, at least on paper, these operating systems are worth your hard-earned cash. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to find out what features have the potential to make Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 worth buying.


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