Today I will write about my impressions on Windows Phone 8, the next generation of Windows Phone. First thing I can tell you: I am really impressed what Microsoft has done here.
This Post will be about my favorite features on Windows Phone 8, if anyone prefers other features, feel free to leave a comment below.
Individual start screen
Of course, the first feature I absolutely love is the new start screen. Every user can now individually change the tile sizes from small to middle to big. This way every device will have another look:
None of the hopefully exploding numbers will look like any other. Best thing: this is one of the features that will come also to existing Windows Phones. I can´t wait to make my start screen look even more individual.
The new lock screen
The Windows Phone 8 lock screen can be taken over by Windows Phone apps. There are several ways they can do it.
- show images as wallpaper
- show information from within the app as lock screen (partly/full takeover)
- show number of new notifications
The photo above shows how the completely rewritten Facebook app for Windows Phone takes over the look screen by showing randomly changed Facebook photos.
I can’t wait to see what my fellow dev colleagues are doing to give us an awesome user experience. For my apps, I am currently investigating what possibilities I have to give you some awesomeness. With my app MSicc´s Blog it will be for sure something related to new posts, so you won’t miss any news from it. For my other apps I am currently searching a helpful way.
Benefits for the little one´s and parents: Kids corner
Joe Belfiore demonstrated kids corner in an really awesome way. He let show his kids this awesome feature. Our kids are often asking us to let them play with our phones. We are of course afraid they could do something that they shouldn’t like sending messages or other things like this. Microsoft has done a fantastic job in adding a separated section for our kids, where we can add apps and games that are safe to use for our little stars. Can´t wait to introduce this to my 6 year old daughter (my son wants his own Windows Phone, so let’s see if he was brave enough in Santa´s eyes).
Xbox Music – finally also in Germany with pass
As I wrote earlier, Microsoft finally unleashed Xbox Music for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox. Here are some additional features that are available in Windows Phone 8:
- seamless syncing of Playlists and Albums
- Xbox Music streaming via the cloud
- apps can interact with Xbox Music
- streaming to Xbox via SmartGlass
I am really happy that Microsoft finally added more countries to the Music Pass. If you haven´t activated your pass, you really should do it right now.
There are more awesome features:
- SkyDrive syncing of photos, office documents
- Voice Commanding of the phone and apps
- restructured Windows Phone Store
- in app purchases
- Rooms in people hub
- many ways devs can improve their apps (I will do separate posts about them)
- and more
I will cover them from my point of view as soon as I get my hands on a Windows Phone 8 device. Which leads me to the launch line up of Windows Phone devices:
From left to the right we have the Lumia 920, Lumia 820 by Nokia, the Ativ S by Samsung and the 8S as well as the 8X by HTC.
What are your favorite features? Which device are you looking forward to? Leave a comment below.