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Eight days with Windows Phone 8

Martyn Williams | Nov. 7, 2012
It's been eight days since Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 and eight days since I started using an HTC 8X, which has the new software installed, as my main cellphone. So far, I'm impressed with Microsoft's new platform.

If you're switching from Google, you'll find all the basics, such as your Gmail, contacts and calendar, sync over just fine. There's OS-level support for those, but some of the other Google services don't have apps. There are some third-party apps that will help, but it's worth making sure all the Google services you use will continue to be available if you make the jump. 


So far, I'm happy with the phone and the operating system. It's sure to get better over the next few months as Microsoft pours more money into development and promotion. Developers at the Microsoft Build conference in Redmond last week were given Nokia Lumia 920 handsets in the hope they will start building apps for them, so Microsoft's pushing development.

It's great to see some fresh ideas in the smartphone world and I recommend anyone buying a new phone to give Windows Phone 8 handsets a look, especially if you're also moving to Windows 8 on a PC.

With Windows Phone 8, it looks like there's a new contender in the smartphone race.





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