Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Phone 8 at an event in San Francisco on Monday. Here's what's new in the Microsoft's latest mobile operating system.
Live Apps: Live Apps bring information right to the Start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight information and news headlines. With Windows Phone 8, Live Apps such as Facebook can even deliver real-time information right to your lock screen with updated wallpaper.
Kid's Corner: Kid's Corner is a worry-free way to share your phone with your kids, so they can play Angry Birds without texting your angry boss. Parents can now hand over their phones to the kids without worrying about deleted photos, misdirected emails, unapproved purchases or accidental phone calls.
After a simple setup, parents can activate a specialised place on the phone for kids to play with their own customisable Start screens - where they can access only the apps, games, music and videos picked by parents.
Rooms: Sometimes you want to share and chat with one group, not your entire social network. Rooms allow you to create private groups of people who have Windows Phone 8. You can share some aspects of Rooms with friends and family on other smartphones as well.
Data Sense: This feature helps conserve your data allowance by compressing Web images, deferring data tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting your usage as you get closer to your plan limits. Data Sense also shows how much data is used per app. As you approach your limit, Data Sense notifies you so you can get the most out of your plan.
Always-on Skype: With the new Skype app, coming soon to Windows Phone 8, you can make and receive Skype calls just like a regular phone call. Skype is always on and available so you can choose how to connect with people.