Microsoft’s Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” is nearing release, says The Verge. The company is putting the finishing touches on the preinstalled application list. Microsoft will bundle in a number of Metro style applications including; Camera, Messaging, Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, People, Photos, Video and Music.
This grand unification strategy could give Microsoft an edge over Google and Apple, opines Information Week. Most significantly, if apps developed for Windows 8 can run across PCs, tablets, and phones with minimal porting issues, then the platform should be a huge magnet for developers. Microsoft expects 100,000 apps to be in the Marketplace at the launch of Windows Phone 8.
In the fourth quarter, Windows Mobile lost a point of market share, accounting for only 4.7 percent of sales in the United States, according to ComScore.
Canalys says that Windows Phone dropped by 46 percent while Android Phones and iOS increased by 244 percent and 96 percent, respectively.