Windows Phone 8 features at a glance and release date is attracting attention from people of all hues. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is set for official release sometime in autumn this year. The Redmond-based software giant looks for an inspiring comeback to smartphone arena with Windows Phone 8. The company is about to release the Software Development Kit (SDK) of Windows Phone 8, which was announced about a couple of months back. But, a Chinese website namely WPXAP has partially leaked the Windows Phone 8 SDK, which reveals some unannounced features of the firmware. Here we make a run-through to those features.
A fresh start screen: A new and innovative interface is the forte of Microsoft’s Windows Phone for handsets. From Windows Phone 7, we have this spectacular feature. The new Windows Phone 8’s start screen will tout resizable tiles that you can move around the screen. You can choose app notifications and other updates to flash on the lockscreen. Thanks to a superior backup feature, you can store messages, apps and settings on Microsoft’s cloud services.
Increased SkyDrive integration: SkyDrive is Microsoft’s exclusive cloud service. The new Windows Phone 8 is to come up with an increased SkyDrive integration facility. The feature promises great support for images and video back-up. The software also features a fresh default app namely Data Sense. It will let users track their data use limits to prevent overuse and unaffordable bills.
Revamped Internet Explorer: The leaked SDK shows that Windows Phone 8 will come with a revamped Internet Explorer. Users can enjoy a variety of new features and settings in web browsing. There is an option to swap the address bar button between favorites, fresh and tabs. Web surfing will be quite easier on a handset with Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has worked well to make it far richer and smarter.
Better customization option: Windows Phone 8 will offer increased customization option. You can customize your handsets with a color palette that promises up to 20 exciting colors. The firmware features redesigned photo albums and other tools. It is quite easy to edit, color, crop and resize photos. There is also a simple way to share the images on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites.
Camera: The new Windows Phone 8 is likely to have some great camera features. The software will show off a Lenses feature, which will help you bring apps using the device’s camera to a singe user interface. The result is that there will be many easy and simple ways to capture snaps, edit and share them on social media sites. You can take screenshots by simply pressing the Start and Camera buttons at the same time. This feature has been well-sought after on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
Xbox Music store: Replacing the earlier Zune service, there will be a state-of-the-art Xbox Music store on Windows Phone 8. It will let users access variety of digital content, especially games. The Music and Video hubs will feature new interfaces that resemble Microsoft’s much-touted SmartGlass, a wireless streaming app for mobiles, tablets and PCs.
Still we have no confirmed statement from Microsoft regarding the features of Windows Phone 8. The all above features are just found in the leaked SDK of the firmware. For many analysts, Windows Phone 8 will be the best of the firmware from Microsoft for mobiles. Along with the upcoming Windows 8 for tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8 can deepen its root into the smartphone arena. Windows Phone 8 will have to fight with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Apple iOS 6, which is set to appear on iPhone 5 for the first time.