By Marcus Leach

Microsoft are looking to position their Windows Phone into new markets not currently dominated by Google or Apple.

They have announced an update to the Windows Phone operating system that will deliver five hundred new features, as well as partnerships with ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer.

On top of this Microsoft have announced the combined news that their systems will be available in more languages and a partnership with Nokia. The technology giants are looking to take advantage of market sectors not currently dominated by the Android and iPhone.

As of this autumn (UK) the Windows Phone will offer improved web browsing, better integration between social networking sites and contact information, as well as new 'group' functions.

The changes are all aimed at making the phone more user friendly, including the ability to take full advantage of cloud services thanks to Skydrive.

Finally the phone will be able to utilise the 18,000 apps that Microsoft offer.