M icrosoft Corporation India Pvt. Limited recently launched the Windows Phone in India. The new operating system sports a smooth transitional user interface called “metro”, a visually appealing modern design language based on a set of principles modern, clean, alive in motion, and authentically digital that “puts people first”.

The conventional application icons have been replaced by live tiles on the Windows Phone start screen, thus boldly displaying critical information at a glance. The live tiles come to life with updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New live tiles can be easily created from whatever content a consumer desires for applications, websites and music. The integrated experiences are achieved through ‘hubs' which bring together related content into a single view to simplify common tasks. The Windows Phone emphatically focuses on chat, business and web browsing. Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting — Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn hardcoded into the phone itself along with features like face detection software, etc. the company, in a press meet held in New Delhi recently, said “It is aimed at giving users a completely new experience.” Microsoft revealed a range of Windows Phone devices that will be available in India soon, the first being the HTC Radar. This will be followed by devices from Samsung and Acer, and subsequently Nokia.

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