Microsoft announces Windows 8 phone system

  • Microsoft new phone software will be built on the same core as its new upcoming PC and tablet operating system.

    The move brings the company closer to its aim of unifying its Windows franchise across a full range of screens that are revolutionizing computing.

    The world's largest software company, which is competing against Apple iPhone and Google Android devices, said the common core means customers will have a greater choice of phones and applications.

    Users will also be able to switch between multiple machines more easily.

    Microsoft said phones running the new software, called Windows Phone 8, would hit the market this autumn.

    The new phones, made by handset makers Nokia, Samsung Electronics, HTC Corp and Huawei, will feature voice commands, Skype and built-in maps for GPS directions.