Microsoft India expects its latest Windows phone 8.1 operating system to capture sizeable number of smartphone-users when new and affordable brands based on the OS hit the market in the coming weeks, according to Vineet Durani, Director-Windows Phone Business Group. “There will be more affordable devices [based on 8.1 OS] in the next few weeks or months, and not just from Nokia, but also from third-party [Indian] phone brands Lava, Karbonn and Micromax,” Mr. Durani said during a demonstration of the features enabled by the new OS.

The smartphones could be priced between Rs. 8,500 and Rs. 9,000 or better, he said. — Special Correspondent