Microsoft bolsters Windows Phone 8 with new photo features


Microsoft unveiled a series of new features integrated into its forthcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system update. At a Wednesday media event spotlighting Nokia's high-end Lumia 920 and mid-range Lumia 820, the device maker's first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Microsoft took the wraps off new additions including support for screenshots, which users can take by pressing the power and home buttons. There is also a new "lenses" button in the camera application that allows users add photo effects or create panoramic images. Third-party developers may also create their own lens apps. Windows Phone 8 additionally brings changes to the start screen allowing users to customize the size and quantity of the live tiles that appear on the device's home screen, integration of VoIP and video chat, and NFC support for mobile wallet and data transfer applications. Article