Microsoft set to compete in smart phone market

The world of computing has changed fundamentally in the past two or three years. IBM’s original personal computer became the desktop, which became the laptop, which became the sub-notebook, which became the Palmtop (remember Palm computers), which became the iPhone, which became the iPad.

When it comes to personal entertainment, consumers want smart phones and tablet computers. It feels nearly identical to IBM’s predicament when the original PC was introduced: everybody wants them, but many do not know how to use them to their full potential.

Microsoft’s Windows Operating System has ruled the personal computing roost for nearly two decades. However, Apple cornered the emerging technologies market early on with the iPhone and iPad. Currenly while phones and tablet computers exist that run on Windows platforms, they are negligible from a market standpoint. One cell phone manufacturer hopes to change that, the once leader and new US underdog in consumer cell phone technology: Nokia.

At CES in Las Vegas, Nokia unveiled their latest entry into the US smart phone marketplace, the Lumia 900. A slick, aesthetically pleasing, fully functional smart phone which runs on Windows.

Nokia’s Lumia 900 is untested, without a release date, and without a price point listed. However, early buzz promises sterling engineering, with a Galaxy-sized screen and a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Nokia has announced a partnership with AT & T to bring the phone into the US marketplace.

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