In a mobile field dominated by Apple's iOS and Google's Android, it's up to Microsoft to forge a viable third way for consumers looking for other options. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft retains the unique, tile-based interface of version 7, while adding new features such as NFC and a "Kid's Corner" to let children browse a restricted version of the OS. Other new additions include a revamped Xbox Music Store and support for multi-core processing, which should make gaming zippier.
Reviewers have been mostly pleased with the new features and changes to Microsoft's mobile operating system. The one big knock - and it's significant - is the lack of apps compared to both Android and iOS. While some popular apps are there - like Pandora - many others - like Instagram - are not.
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