Tuesday turned out to be a very busy day for Microsoft, as a new Windows Phone from a premiere manufacturer plus Android updates hit the scene. Both of these show the future of Microsoft as a truly mobile company with huge reaches seen on pleasing mobile users everywhere.
The Tuesday announcements from HTC on their newest Windows Phone left many astonished. This phone was only rumored, but came to fact in a press conference. Mixed in with new OneNote Android updates, the ecosystem of Windows Mobile devices and apps gets a lot more interesting.
HTC M8 For Windows Phone
In a press conference on Tuesday, HTC announced that their flagship HTC One M8 will get a Windows Phone version, exclusively for Verizon Wireless in the US. This phone is exactly like the Android version, with a 5-inch, 1080p display, dot view case, Snapdragon 801 chip, and Windows 8.1 powering the phone.
This announcement came as a shock to many, but comes to the pleasure of Windows Phones fans, and especially Verizon Wireless fans. It is available today for only $99 on-contract, and is a bargain for such a great phone. It’s a top selling Android phone, and is sure to please many with its Windows Phone variant.
OneNote Gets Android Updates
In other mobile news from Microsoft on Tuesday, Microsoft updated its OneNote program to work better with tablets. The newest updates give OneNote better handwriting support, and will help with larger screens. It also has better options for formatting notes, which will help as the school year approaches everywhere.
The OneNote for Android update also includes the Livescribe+ update, that enables users with a Livescribe pen to use it mixed in with OneNote. This will allow the pen to automatically update written notes to OneNote, and is a mobile notetakers dream mixed in with an Android tablet. These latest updates are live on the Google Play store, and were announced via Microsoft’s Office Blogs during Tuesday. This shows how Microsoft is looking to expand OneNote far from Windows and into other operating systems as well.
I love the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone and want it badly. The OneNote for Android update is nice, and I’ve already taken a few notes with it, and it works.