What is Windows Phone

Windows Phone (abbreviated as WP) is a series of proprietary smartphone operating systems developed by Microsoft. It is the successor to Windows Mobile, although it is incompatible with the earlier platform. Unlike its predecessor, it is primarily aimed at the consumer market rather than the enterprise market. It was first launched in October 2010, with a release in Asia following in early 2011.

The latest release is Windows Phone 8, which was launched on October 29, 2012. With Windows Phone, Microsoft created a new user interface, featuring a design language named “Modern” (which was formerly known as “Metro”). Additionally, the software is integrated with third-party and Microsoft services, and sets minimum requirements for the hardware on which it runs. Microsoft is currently developing an updated version of Windows Phone, code named “Windows Phone Blue” (previously “Windows Phone Apollo Plus”,) which will be named either Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.5.

The Windows Phone supports audio format like WAV/MP3/WMA/AMR/AAC/MP4/M4A/M4B and 3GP/3G2. The video file formats supported by Windows Phone include WMV, AVI, MP4/M4V, 3GP/3G2 and MOV (QuickTime) standards. These supported audio and video formats would be dependent on the codecs contained inside them. It has also been previously reported that the DivX and Xvid codecs within AVI are also playable on the system. Unlike the previous Windows Mobile operating system, there are currently no third-party applications for handling other video formats. The image file formats that are supported include JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF and Bitmap (BMP).