As mentioned in our review of Windows Phone 8, the operating system now has a SmartScreen Filter on its Internet Explorer 10 browser (flagging potentially malicious sites) and allows for voice transcription. By simply holding down the Start button and saying, “Note,” users can rattle off whatever they would like put into writing, and it will be saved as a OneNote document.
One other update that also mentioned in the review is the improved Skype client which, although it is not available at the moment, it will be able to run in the background so users can receive video chat calls at any time. Don’t worry though, it runs in the background in a “sleep” mode to cut down on battery usage.
Other business-friendly improvements in Windows Phone 8 include a redesigned Office Hub, phone wiping safeguard via PIN protection, and better multitasking. Some built-in and third-party apps will automatically pause (or continue to run in the background) when users switch tasks so they won’t have to reboot the app every time they want to go back to it.
Many users will also be happy to know that system software updates will now be delivered over the air, so there’s no more need to hook a Windows Phone up to a computer and use the Zune client every time an update is released. In fact, there’s no more Zune client to deal with anymore either, as there will be a new Windows Phone client coming to both PCs and Macs for moving content between their desktops and phones.