Additional Windows Phone 8 consumer features revealed

Microsoft had over two hours of time to talk about Windows Phone 8 at its developer conference on Wednesday. Now it looks like Microsoft was holding back on some major new features. Paul Thurrott received some more inside information about Microsoft's next version of its mobile operating system and has posted up those details on Winsupersite.com.

Thurrott says he has received "a treasure trove of Windows Phone 8 (and other general Windows Phone) information since December 2011." One feature not discussed much by Microsoft on Wednesday was the new SkyDrive features for Windows Phone 8. Thurrott states that smartphone owners will be able to store music and videos on SkyDrive, "and access them directly from new Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps." SkyDrive users will also be able to access files stored on a Windows Phone 8 device.

Users will also be able to share content from a local PC or tablet device to their Windows Phone 8 product on a local WiFi network, according to Thurrott.

Another new feature is something Microsoft is calling Data Smart. Thurrott even shows screenshots of the app in action. He states:

Windows Phone 8 reduces the amount of data it transmits, by handing off to Wi-Fi whenever possible and by using a new cloud-based browser proxy service that limits the amount of data used by Internet Explorer 10 and apps by compressing web traffic.

This is supposed to reduce data use for Windows Phone 8 device by up to 30 percent, according to Thurrott. In addition, Windows Phone 8 will have special live tiles that will inform users of their data usage on both cellular and WiFi networks. 

Make sure to check out the source as there is even more information to be had over there. 

Source: Winsupersite.com | Image via Microsoft

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Nice data management features.... grrr why can't there be a decent prepaid option that doesn't involve me paying over 90/mo..... :-(

Does anyone have some info about USSD feature on the Windows Phone?
It's really needed in some country for some bank transactions and some network services.

ibsan said,
Does anyone have some info about USSD feature on the Windows Phone?
It's really needed in some country for some bank transactions and some network services.

This. I'm on prepaid and whenever I want to do something that requires USSD, I had to turn off my Mozart, take out the simcard, put it inside other phone, do the USSD stuff, and put it back again on the Mozart. Really annoying, especially when I do that quite a lot.

I love the heart icon too!!! It's like a cool life meter lol.

Also the accessing your phone files from SkyDrive web interface is awesome!!!

Mohitster said,
Love that heart icon, very subtle!

That's the point at which it begins to take more drastic measures to conserve data usage. The phone does this with battery life today if you enable it.

I wonder how strong/slow the Data Smart feature will be. BlackBerrys have always had internet traffic routed through RIMs servers, which compress images and pages to reduce data usage/increase browsing speed. It's part of what you get for your money when you pay for BIS. Unfortunately I always found it extremely slow and in times with decent high speed network coverage and relatively relaxed data limits it didn't really have a purpose.

Maybe Microsoft's implementation will be much better but what happens when the servers responsible for it inevitably fail?

There will probably be an option to disable it if you have an unlimited data plan or something.

Also Microsoft's servers have always been pretty good in terms of bandwidth and being available.

what said,
I wonder how strong/slow the Data Smart feature will be. BlackBerrys have always had internet traffic routed through RIMs servers, which compress images and pages to reduce data usage/increase browsing speed. It's part of what you get for your money when you pay for BIS. Unfortunately I always found it extremely slow and in times with decent high speed network coverage and relatively relaxed data limits it didn't really have a purpose.

Maybe Microsoft's implementation will be much better but what happens when the servers responsible for it inevitably fail?

Both Amazon (Kindle Fire) and Mobile Opera (iOS, and probably Android) have done it rather successfully with their mobile browsers. Considering the second largest cloud computing cluster is Microsoft's, they should be able to handle it.

what said,
I wonder how strong/slow the Data Smart feature will be. BlackBerrys have always had internet traffic routed through RIMs servers, which compress images and pages to reduce data usage/increase browsing speed. It's part of what you get for your money when you pay for BIS. Unfortunately I always found it extremely slow and in times with decent high speed network coverage and relatively relaxed data limits it didn't really have a purpose.

Maybe Microsoft's implementation will be much better but what happens when the servers responsible for it inevitably fail?

When it comes to bandwidth usage Blackberry sucks big time. It won't even communicate unless I have the Data connection turned on. In comparison Android fares far better. By default it uses wifi and will not automatically switch on the data connection. Data plans on phones cost a whole lot more than the land line based internet connectivity and it is inherently faster.

Deep Skydrive integration should be great, specially the part about being able to access my phones data via the skydrive website like you can access your PCs files today. I think that's a big feature and probably, at this point, underrated.