Microsoft Provides Windows Phone 8 Details
Updated: updating as details emerge.
Microsoft today offered a detailed look at Windows Phone 8 and all the new features that have been added to Microsoft's smartphone platform. Speaking at an event in New York City, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore explained that MIcrosoft wants to offer the most personalized experience possible. The new Start screen is much more customizable thanks to the adjustable size of Live Tiles, which now come in three sizes rather than two. The new version of Internet Explorer 10 in WP8 supports multiple tabs and has better tools for controlling them. The new platform supports taking screen shots of the device and the ability to share photos via NFC and a new "Tap + Share" feature. The camera itself offers pinch-to-zoom for zooming in and out, and also offers quick access to other camera/photo apps in a new feature called "Lens Applications" that integrate with the camera itself, such as Bing Vision, and third party lenses including CNN iReport.
Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too
Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft Announces the Lumia 640
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640, a new Windows Phone. It has colorful and interchangeable rear shells.
Windows 10 On Phones Can Be Extended to PCs
Microsoft today demonstrated how Windows 10 on phones will be able to serve as full PCs thanks to the Continuum user interface idea. Continuum helps keep the UI approximately the same as users move from PC to tablet to phone.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.
Does it have a motor?
I'm pretty sure this is still a phone, isn't it? It says so in the nomenclature; Windows PHONE 8. So why does Microsoft do their damnedest to put as many layers of unnecessary interaction as possible between you and any essential phone-related information?
The fact that the indicators are hidden on the current batch of Windows Phone devices is one of the biggest reasons why I gave up on my HD7, and rarely use my 710. Combine this with a startling dearth of software, an absolutely horrible on-screen keyboard, and the lack of function-based widgets (such as wi-f...
IE mobile didn't have tabbed browsing before?