Hot on the heels of Nokia Lumia 920 and the .came Windows Phone 8, the first major upgrade to Microsoft's smartphone operating system. By bringing a heavy load of much-needed features like support for HD screens, multicore processors, and NFC, Microsoft did a lot to close the gap separating it from Google and Apple. The ability to customize tile size gave users more control over the OS's unique look and feel, and it didn't hurt that it debuted on strong devices such as the
But there were some problems. Existing Windows Phone devicesto the new version. As a result, owners of even relatively new devices like the were left off the evolutionary path for good. Camera features also continue to trail the competition, and the Windows Marketplace needs more developer love.