WHAT IS WINDOWS PHONE?
UPDATE: Following the freakishly slow market penetration of the last 3 years, WP8 has finally cracked the 2.5-3% market share number. From very small to sorta small.
Windows Phone is the replacement for Windows Mobile. Opting for a portable-friendly interface with rock-solid integration with strict guidelines for OEM's as opposed to a wild-west open-for-all methodology (ala Android or Windows Mobile), Windows Phone represents the middle ground between the walled garden of the iPhone and the open-air market of Android. It contains Microsofts newest design language, Metro, which is a take-it-or-leave it style that exudes simplicity and uses text and quick-glance information as its primary visual components, eschewing the "chrome", rounded corners, transparency and stylized visuals of other modern operating systems.WHAT'S NEXT?
With the recent release of Portico (Windows Phone 8.1), the future of Windows Phone is unclear. There are rumors of Apollo+ as the next big update (following the pattern of Small Fix/Large Feature Update), but nothing has been confirmed.NEW DEVICES?
We're all familiar with the Lumia family, the HTC 8X, and the Samsung Ativ. There haven't been any new solid announcements for the new line of WP8 phones, but they will get detailed here when they are.