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Tech Report: Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 8

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It’s been a busy week for Microsoft. Two days after showing off its brand new “Surface” tablet, the company is introducing Windows Phone 8, a new operating system for mobile devices.

The latest version of Windows Phone will incorporate multi-core processors, which translates to a phone that is able to do many things at once.

It will get some new screen resolutions, including 720p which is considered true high definition. And it will also support Micro SD cards.

KCBS Tech Report:

What is also exciting is that they’re fine tuning their Metro interface. Windows Phone 8 will be the same basic interface and code of the tablet they announced earlier this week, as well as some Windows desktop machines to an extent.

And it doesn’t look like the new Windows phone is going to take Apple’s Siri sitting down. They have their own speech recognition system. The difference is it can actually reach into applications.

Not only can you launch applications and launch Microsoft functions, but developers can use it to control their own. You could literally have a conversation with an application, ask it to do something and it could ask you to clarify and you could just keep talking.

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