WINDOWS PHONE FANS REJOICE! Available starting today (at 12pm EST), the HTC One M8 for Windows will be available for sale on the Big Red (Verizon) network. This is the first time an iconic HTC phone has been offered on multiple operating systems (first Android and now Windows).
“The HTC One (M8) for Windows is true to the flagship product’s award-winning design and unique experience while also taking the best of what Windows Phone has to offer,” said Darren Laybourn, corporate Vice President of Engineering for Microsoft. “We succeeded in offering customers the best of both our worlds with this phone.”
The WinMoM8, as I’ve so lovingly dubbed it, has the same core makeup as the OG M8: HTC BlinkFeed, BoomSound, UltraPixel technology, a 5MP front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View case. Where the phone obviously differs is in the OS. The WinMoM8 comes with the latest Windows 8.1 software featuring Cortana, the ‘smarter Siri’ that has been featured in recent TV ads; and Action Center, a customizable swipe down menu accessible even from your lock screen and perhaps one of the most anticipated feature in 8.1. With Action Center you can customize the way you are notified about certain apps. Apps Corner, which lets a user decide which apps run in a mode that restricts its interactions with other apps (sounds great for businesses), is also included. Users can separate personal and professional information, creating distinct experiences for work and pleasure in a single device.
As previously stated, the WinMoM8 is available online today exclusively through Verizon Wireless for a promotional price of $99.99 or $29.99/month on Verizon Edge. The handset will hit stores tomorrow. In addition, the Microsoft Store is offering the phone with VZW service bundled with a HTC Dot View case and screen protector for $25. At this time, there is no information on whether or not the device will be available on any other carriers. As an OGM8 owner I’m impressed. I’ve always wanted to make the switch to the Windows ecosystem, even if only for a short time but the lack of apps is a deal breaker for me. What do you guys think? Was anyone else out there closer to considering Windows now that HTC has entered into the race? Have it out in the comments or hit us up via our social media outlets and let us know what you think. As always, thanks for reading!