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Windows Phone 8

Microsoft this month took the wraps off the Windows Phone 8, the next-generation version of its mobile OS for smartphones.

Apart from delivering a range of new capabilities, including those for near-field communication and voice recognition, Windows Phone 8 will usher in a new generation of Windows-based devices running multi-core processors and supporting displays with up to 768-by-1,280 resolutions.

Handset makers including Samsung, HTC and Nokia are expected to launch smartphones running the new OS later this year. But devices running on the current Windows Phone 7.5, such as Nokia’s Lumia lineup and Samsung’s Focus, won’t be able to upgrade to the new release, Microsoft said.