Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 9:14 AM —
During today's event, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore went on stage to talk about Windows Phone 8 broadly in terms of it's new features. While a lot of it was a rehash of things demonstrated before as well as features we already knew about, like native screenshots, there was a big focus on photography.
Belfiore officially introduced us to Lens apps, which can be loaded directly from the native camera interface so you can quickly and easily launch your other favorite photo-taking apps. The primary example was an app called FXSuite, built by two Microsoft interns in two weeks, which let users take photos in three different types of filters. After you take a photo with a Lens app, when you go back to your camera roll and look through your pictures there will be a small caption that reads "Captured by FXSuite" or whatever other app you may have used.
Another impressive example was Photosynth, which of course exists in the Marketplace today. However, in Windows Phone 8 when the Photosynth image appears in your camera roll you can choose to open it within the Photosynth app and thus enjoy the sweeping 360-degree panoramas in their full dimensional glory.
Belfiore also covered the ways you can share photos, including Tap+Send which is Windows Phone 8's native NFC capability.