Windows Phone has officially been launched and if you’re looking for the complete the complete features list we’ve got it for you right here! The first thing that was announced was something that they’ve already teased, Live Tiles have been expanded so that you’ve got the option for resizable tiles which provide a more flexible home screen.
The live tiles on your home screen will now update, the thing is that the live tiles on your home screen would update in Windows 7.5. We’re curious to find out exactly how Live Apps is different, this wasn’t made clear, but presumably they are simply referring to an existing feature in combination with the fact that apps will be able to update live on the lock screen. This new level of customization will allow apps to set photos and send notifications to the lock screen. The new Skype app on windows 8 will run all the time without draining your battery.
Windows phone will have 46 out of 50 of the top mobile apps, like Temple Run, which is Unity based game. They also have the added feature that apps can be played across the entire Windows 8 family of devices as well as XBox.
It sounds like Microsoft is finally getting the app support it needs, but we’ll have to wait and see, it’s easy to lay claim on stage the really test will of course be in long term use.
Kids corner, a worry free place where kids can go to with out you worrying if they are going to delete and email or send a text.
Kid’s Corner limits access to a set of selected apps and the kids can even customize their corner with a wall paper and the tiles themselves. This is bound to become an essential feature for parents.
If it’s good enough for Jessica Alba it’s gotta be good enough for the average Mom. Jessica has come out with her own brand, Honest.com which provides non toxic baby products and the app will help Mom’s manage children’s schedules.
BUT what if you don’t have kids, well it can also act as a guest access portal or account.
Microsoft wants to help you get the most out of your data plan. Data Sense has to be enabled by your network provider, but then it compresses webpages to help keep data down when you’re browsing – a claimed 45% reduction.
It also helps you find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots to save you more data, and plots them on a map. You can keep track of it all through a live tile and when you’re running low on data it will modify the phone’s behavior to keep you within your plan.
We’re very curious what the privacy is around the compressed webpages which basically saves you on data because they’ve cached the web and are delivering a more streamlined data efficient version. The question that we’re hoping to get answered is if there is an option to opt out to keep your surfing behavior private.
Your phone’s contact list can get overwhelming especially when you throw your Facebook contacts into the mix. Windows Phone hopes to reinvent the contact list, you can create Rooms. You can share calendars, lists, photos and it’s also based on One Note so you can share photos in lists as well. You can invite people who don’t have a Windows Phone into your Room, the experience will be more limited, calendar sharing was one of the features that was highlighted.
SkyDrive syncs your office documents across all your devices, and you get 7GB of free storage.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND SYNC
The new photography app has a wide range of new Lenses (basically filters) plus you get acces to the excellent Photosynth, which can do some incredible multi-image stitching tricks.
All photos are automatically uploaded to SkyDrive, which comes with 7GB of free storage and they can be stored there for as long as you have space to store them.
An added bonus to those who might be thinking of switching over from iPhone, you’ll be able to sync you music. Windows 8, Windows 7 & Mac sync will be available this Fall in case you’ve been setting up playlists in different music services like iTunes.
If you want more here is an official walk through video going over the features.