Windows phone is one of the most growing operating system for smart phones. It is developed and maintained by Microsoft. This article describes about the basic overview of Microsoft Windows Phone. Summary of the article:
- What is Windows Phone?
- History of Windows Phone
- Hardware’s of Windows Phone
- Features of Windows Phone
- Windows Phone Store
- Development Tools
What is Windows Phone?
Windows Phone or WP is a mobile operating system for smart phones and mobile devices. It is developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is the successor to Microsoft’s initial mobile OS platform system “Windows Mobile”. Windows Mobile focused on enterprise market. But WP focused on the consumer market rather than the enterprise market. Windows Phone is developed in C/C++ language. It is available in 25 + language.
History of Windows Phone
First WP OS Windows Phone 7 was launched in October 2010. Windows Phone 8 was released on October 2012. Windows Phone 8.1 was released by Microsoft on April 2014
Hardware’s of Windows Phone
At first Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung produced the devices for Windows Phone 7. After that Acer, Alcatel, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Nokia, and Chinese OEM ZTE also produced the hardware for Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 devices are currently being produced by HTC, Huawei, Nokia, and Samsung. Recently Microsoft announced that upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be manufactured by Nokia, Samsung, Sony,LG, HTC, Huawei, JSR, Karbonn, Lenovo, Longcheer, Micromax, Gionee, Xolo, ZTE.
Features of Windows Phone
Windows Phone support lot of features like: User interface, Text input, Contacts, Web browser, Email, Multimedia, Games, Search, Office Suite, Multitasking, Sync, Updates, Advertising platform, Bluetooth
Windows Phone Store
Microsoft developed a digital distribution platform named “Windows Phone Store” that allows users to browse and download applications that have been developed by third-parties. It url is www.windowsphone.com/store.
The Windows Phone development tools include everything’s are required to develop apps and games for Windows Phone. The application development for Windows Phone 7 is based upon Silverlight, XNA, and the .NET Compact Framework. For this we need Windows Phone SDK.
We can download all the development tools from the address http://dev.windowsphone.com.
That’s all about Microsoft windows phone.