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Windows Phone 8 is the second generation of the Windows Phone mobile operating system from Microsoft. It was released on October 29, 2012, and like its predecessor, it features a flat user interface based on Metro design language. It was succeeded by Windows Phone 8.1, which was unveiled on April 2, 2014.

Windows Phone 8 replaces the Windows CE-based architecture used in Windows Phone 7 with the Windows NT kernel found in Windows 8. Current Windows Phone 7 devices cannot run or update to Windows Phone 8 and new applications compiled specifically for Windows Phone 8 are not made available for Windows Phone 7 devices. Developers can make their apps available on both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 devices by targeting both platforms via the proper SDKs in Visual Studio. Windows Phone 8 devices are manufactured by Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia), HTC, Samsung and Huawei.

Windows
Desktop: Windows 10 - Windows 8 (8.1) - Windows 7 - Windows Vista - Windows XP - Windows 2000 - Windows ME - Windows 98/95 - Windows 1.0

Mobile: Windows 10 Mobile - Windows Phone 8 (8.1) - Windows Phone 7 (7.8, 7.5) - Windows Mobile - Pocket PC 2002 - Pocket PC 2000

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