The recent announcements regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 8 have gotten a mixed bag of reception. There are those who were confused, which is understandable as Microsoft seems to be holding much information close to the vest. Apps developers are frustrated as well, as the SDK for the upcoming OS has not been released. There are also some tech experts that are less than excited about the coming Windows phone 8 OS as they feel that there are no significant innovations from Windows 7.5; not to mention that previous Windows phones will not be able to get the OS because of hardware incompatibility.
Beyond the negative criticisms, however, people forget that this is a sleek and powerful OS that should be getting more positive reaction than it is now.
In fact, here are the top reasons why you should consider buying a Windows Phone 8 upon its release:
The Nokia Lumia 900 gave us a taste of how sleek the interface of a Windows OS could be. And that is just with the 7.5. The new OS will feature a new home screen that allows you to resize each tile to 3 specific sizes. There will also be support for new color schemes but no list of the available shades yet coming from Microsoft. You can actually have a taste of this new start screen by upgrading your old Windows 7.5 phone to Windows 7.8 (coming soon), though it will lack the hardware integrations that will be featured on the upcoming Windows 8.
When it comes to Microsoft Office integration, Windows has got iOS and Android beat. For people who live and breathe Microsoft Office applications, the Windows OS offers Microsoft Office integrations that allow you to open and edit Office documents with your phone. And with integrations to Exchange, you can email your docs, spreadsheets, or powerpoint presentations directly from your phone. Or you can upload them directly to Sharepoint or Skydrive for easy sharing and collaboration. Hopefully, there are plans by RingCentral to develop an app for Windows phones that will allow their subscribers to send faxes straight from any Microsoft application similar to what they have for desktops.
The Windows phone was primarily designed for consumers. The Metro interface, for one, is designed to impress. But we got a taste of its enterprise capabilities with the Exchange and Sharepoint integrations in Windows 7.5 and Windows 8 plans to take it further. What was lacking in the Windows 7.5 environment is full device encryption. Windows phone 8 will now support secure booting and full device encryption based on BitLocker. In addition, corporations will also be given more freedom in developing their own apps without Microsoft involvement. This means that they can put apps on the phone through SD cards or internal web servers without putting it on Marketplace.
Speed and Power
The upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 will be sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor so power is not an problem. Ifthe snappiness and the smoothness is something that you have loved on the Lumia 900, then you will continue to enjoy it on the 920.
We don’t know everything about Windows phone 8 and the Nokia Lumia 920 yet to dismiss it outright. But these small impressive details are enough to get me excited to find out.