Software giant Microsoft has unveiled the new version of its Windows Phone software.
The firm launched its much awaited Windows Phone 8 a day after it revealed Surface,its own tablet device to challenge the iPad.
The new phone software is derived from the same Windows 8 software that will run Windows PCs and the new tablets,News.com.au reports.
The new operating system will improve on the main differentiating feature of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 software.
Microsoft also said that the new operating system would include a digital wallet with near-field communications,and would ditch Microsoft’s Bing mapping software in favour of an alternative mapping system developed by Nokia.