Windows Phone 8's new start screen. Josh Miller/CNET
Just before Hurricane Sandy started to pummel the East Coast this week, Microsoft managed to grab the tech headlines with the official debut of Windows Phone 8.
The launch of the next-generation mobile operating system, which came on the heels of last week's splashy
Windows 8 debut, got people talking with its support for , and its tighter relationship with the Windows platform. And as with Windows 8, Window Phone 8 uses multicore processors and mobile payments . (Though Microsoft is already live tiles instead of icons for those tiles, over patent-infringement claims.)
So far, Windows Phone 8 has been well-received. In a
, CNET's Jessica Dolcourt says "it's sharp, colorful, clean, and simple, but also hip and a bit exuberant." But whether Microsoft's mobile efforts will have some staying power or be doomed to a short run still remains to be seen. No doubt there's a lot at stake. While the traditional Windows software remains the company's breadwinner, everything is going mobile, and Microsoft could slip into irrelevancy if it doesn't catch up to the giants in the industry, Apple and Google.
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