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Comes from: Mi­crosoft

What’s new: More than a year ago, Mi­crosoft came up with a re­vamped op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the Win­dows

Mo­bile 7. It looked re­fresh­ing with the two col­umns of coloured tiles act­ing as short­cuts. But then, it lacked copy-

paste, mul­ti­task­ing, etc. Mi­crosoft has man­aged to fix these is­sues with the re­cent Mango up­grade. By hold­ing down the

phone’s back but­ton, you can mul­ti­task. There is a uni­fied email in­box, sim­i­lar to what is present on the iphone. With a sin­gle

tap and se­lect­ing an icon you can copy text or paste it across ap­pli­ca­tions. The miss­ing Twit­ter has been deeply in­te­grated, just the

way Face­book has been done. In­deed, all com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a sin­gle con­tact across dif­fer­ent chan­nels ap­pear to­gether as a

thread. The phone even switches be­tween chat chan­nels like text mes­sages and Face­book chat. Mango of­fers a sig­nif­i­cantly

im­proved brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Lo­cal Scout helps in search­ing for nearby lo­ca­tions like a cof­fee shop. Mi­crosoft also claims

that the ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able in Win­dows Mar­ket­place utilise the Metro user in­ter­face and will of­fer a rich

ex­pe­ri­ence. These can be pinned to the home­screen and gels well with the Mango UI.

Hand­sets: HTC Radar and Sam­sung Om­nia W. Nokia has re­cently an­nounced the Lu­mia 800

and Lu­mia 710.

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