Windows Phone 8: All The New Features

Windows Phone 8: All The New Features

We’re also going to hear from Microsoft about the rest of Windows Phone 8. We’ll fill you in on everything new Microsoft announces today.

Old Business

Right now, aside from the beautiful new start screen, we mainly have the developer-facing stuff. Things like OTA updates and required firmware support for 18 months. That’s nice and all, but we’re expecting to hear more about the stuff that will concern our day-to-day activities as users.

Microsoft has also detailed previously unannounced features: screenshots, which have been a long time coming; and NFC support, which will be handy for sharing photos.

Camera Features

We’re also seeing some new Lens apps that show off a live view of your photos. Microsoft’s fantastic Photosynth panorama app comes built in, and third-party apps apparently work “seamlessly” with the camera in Windows Phone 8 devices. De-siloing all those photo apps is a big step forward. And, naturally, all of that content gets pushed to SkyDrive.

The new Blink Lens app is also the “ultimate selfie shot” app. It works by capturing a bunch of photos of your face, and then you can recompile them into the most flattering version.