Windows Phone 8

Release Date: October 29, 2012
Note: Windows Phone 8 is not currently available on all devices.

Windows Phone 8 offers a new level of connectivity, flexibility and fun. Create a Start screen that's all your own with tiles you can rearrange, resize, add and remove. Enjoy all this with the real-time updates that keep you connected. Plus, you can stay in touch with the People Hub feature, give kids their own play zone with Kid's Corner and more.

The steps to find the current OS version varies by device. Below are general instructions that work for most Windows Phone devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the user guide.

To check your current Windows Phone OS version:

  1. Tap the Settings tile.
  2. Tap about.
  3. Tap more info for OS information.


Key Features

Customized Live Tiles

Keep up with everything important to you. Choose the Live Tiles you want to get real-time updates to your Start screen. Pin your favorite items and even get live headlines, flight updates and more. Remove, resize and position Live Tiles however you want for your own personalized Start screen.

People Hub

Windows Phone 8 comes with a People Hub feature that easily organizes your friends and discussions. Access your Rooms and Groups features, find people, get in touch with a call, text, instant message or email, Skype™ directly from a contact card and see your friends' latest updates.


Create spaces for your social groups with a private place on Windows Phone 8. Keep everyone in the loop by sharing conversations, events, pictures and more, all in one invitation-only spot.

Kid's Corner

Windows Phone 8 lets you child-proof your phone in a way that's fun for kids. While they can access Kid's Corner themselves, your stuff stays password protected. Give them access to the apps, media and games you pick for them, and let them play worry-free.


Access your media, contacts and more from anywhere with SkyDrive on your Windows Phone. SkyDrive automatically backs up your stuff to your personal cloud and keeps it within reach on your phone. Even if you lose your phone, there's no fear of losing your important information. If it's in SkyDrive, you can retrieve it from your phone, tablet, PC or Mac.