MS: One OS future in the works

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windows-8-logoWhile Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Xbox OSes may look like they’re part of the same family of operating systems, it wasn’t actually the same operating system on an engineering level.

It looks like that will change and Microsoft is moving full steam ahead towards its one Windows future. I hope they get it right this time.

Apple still keeps its mobile and desktop operating systems separate on the engineering level and implements hooks and functions to facilitate communication between the different platforms. But as mobile technology advances and we get faster mobile processors, a future where a single operating system can transform from phone, to tablet and to desktop with ease can be incredibly beneficial.

Imagine developing an application that will work across multiple platforms. All you have to do is adjust the user interface to fit each platform’s screen. Microsoft was promising that with Windows 8 and its sister operating systems but that didn’t pan out because of the fundamental differences on the engineering level.

Maybe now that they’re building the next Windows from the ground up with multiple platforms in mind, their vision will pan out.

Halo: Spartan Assault Announced

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I expected this title to debut several months ago; I expected it to debut within the launch window of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. I commend Microsoft for even creating something original and exclusive for their devices but like most of their efforts outside of Xbox, it always seems a little late.

I am pleasantly surprised by what Vanguard Games have put together with Halo: Spartan Assault. I might even get it for Windows 8. It will debut for $6.99 in July 2013.

Nokia Lumia 820 & Lumia 920 Unveiled

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Nokia and Microsoft’s newest Windows Phone 8 handsets were unveiled today. The Lumia 920 is the flagship phone while the 820 takes on the more affordable role. How affordable? They didn’t say. In fact they didn’t reveal much info with regards to release date, carriers or pricing.

If you’re looking for the cold hard facts, AnandTech has you covered. For hands-on videos, images and the like, try The Verge and Engadget.

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The Lumia 920 sports a massive 4.5″ 1280 x 768 display which I’m not too fond of. I am fond of their other features like the wireless charging (on a snazzy yellow pillow!) and their 8.7 MP “Pureview” camera though. It’s also ridiculously pretty.

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The Lumia 820 is a bit more tame by comparison. In fact, the specifications are more akin to the Lumia 900. I’m okay with the smaller 4.3″ display. The resolution could be a bit higher than 800 x 480 but it’s not something I’ll lose sleep over if I decide to pick one up.

Yes. I’m talking about picking up a Nokia Lumia again. Will see if that pans out but without pricing and the iPhone 5 right around the corner, making any proclamations right now would be dumb of me.