Microsoft has released Photosynth for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft launched its Photosynth app for iOS devices in 2011 and later ported the app to Windows Phone 7 in 2012. This week, a version of the panorama photo app was finally released for Windows Phone 8 devices.

As with the iOS and WP7 versions, the Photosynth app for Windows Phone 8 allows users to take full 360 degree panorama pictures by sticking together a number of separate photos, in both horizontal and vertical views. You can see an example of the panorama view in the above photo taken on Mount Baker. You can check out the full Photosynth image on the app's official website. Once you have taken your own majestic image, you can share it with friends via Twitter or Facebook, or publish it on Bing.com.

The Windows Phone 8 version of the app, which has the version number of 1.5, includes some new features, including being able to view other Photosynth images from friends directly from the app itself. The Photosynth app can also be launched directly from the built-in camera app in this new version, and it adds some extra exposure and white balance locking options. Finally, Microsoft says there are some general, but unnamed, bug fixes and improvements in this new update.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I hope they release Songsmith too for portable devices, for using on the go.

Never know, might need it in the middle of a meeting.

I REALLY wanna see PhotoSynth on Android. It's on all the other platforms. Much prefer synths over panoramas...

Windows Phone 8, good, but why forgetting those who paid huge money to buy top of the line hardware for Windows Phone 7 ??

MS should have followed Apple's path where older generation hardware of iPhone could upgrade and run newer iOS !!!!

Umm I might be wrong , but WP7 already had Photosynth ... The upgrade is essentially a photosynth wp7 version as camera lens for wp8. It is obvious that since MS changed their kernel , it will be way too hard for them to backport all features to WP7,such as camera lens. But this might not *hopes* happen again.

Same reason why iPhones below 3g didn't get new OS. This is inevitable I guess for any operating system.

BTW iOS 6 on 3gs lacks many features, and the upgrade from one iOS to other doesn't really change A LOT of things. WP8 was a massive change.

Err Photosynth has been available for my L800 for a long time now.

Also Lumia phones have Camera extras for a long time which act as filters and much more.

LookitsPuck said,
Apple does NOT allow certain iPhone hardware to upgrade to newer versions of iOS. Same goes for the iPad.

Even many of the iDevices that can be upgraded only get SOME new features. It's usually only the very latest devices that get all the new OS features. Apple have the same OS version number on all their devices that get the update, but really it's not the same OS, it's a crippled cut down version for older devices. Idiots fall for this constantly though (example above) so Apple keep doing it.

Choto Cheeta said,
Windows Phone 8, good, but why forgetting those who paid huge money to buy top of the line hardware for Windows Phone 7 ??

MS should have followed Apple's path where older generation hardware of iPhone could upgrade and run newer iOS !!!!

Photosynth is already available on WP7 and has been for some time. This is an updated version for WP8 with lens capability and some new features, but of course you came to complain about hardware you never purchased; rather to be smug about your pathetic iOS device.

Why forgetting Apple Siri for old Iphone 3 when new iOS? Why oh why? fake OS upgrade without full feature but gullible noob like you think full version upgrade because same version number!! Huge money paid so same version but not same feature is good!!

Edited by , Mar 1 2013, 7:29pm :

LookitsPuck said,
Apple does NOT allow certain iPhone hardware to upgrade to newer versions of iOS. Same goes for the iPad.

Although an unbiased person could argue that there is a difference between "some" and "none"....

Fritzly said,

Although an unbiased person could argue that there is a difference between "some" and "none"....

WP7 hardware did get some of the new features (live tiles sizes, some settings) of WP8, its called WP 7.8. MS simply doesn't lie like apple does and use the same version number when major features are not available on older devices.

It simply is not possible to do a full kernel swap without risking many phones being bricked going from windows ce kernel to windows nt isn't a trivial task.

pgn said,

WP7 hardware did get some of the new features (live tiles sizes, some settings) of WP8, its called WP 7.8. MS simply doesn't lie like apple does and use the same version number when major features are not available on older devices.

It simply is not possible to do a full kernel swap without risking many phones being bricked going from windows ce kernel to windows nt isn't a trivial task.

I come all the way from the Journada PDA, trough Motorola MPX 200 and HTC HD2 and many others in between and I can assure you that, besides few exceptions, MS past history about Mobile OSes is horrible.
Besides Apple, a,company I personally do not like, at least states,what features of the new OS will be available for previous versions up front and not being mum about it for months letting customers, or potential ones, in a total vacuum about what to expect.

Choto Cheeta said,
Windows Phone 8, good, but why forgetting those who paid huge money to buy top of the line hardware for Windows Phone 7 ??

MS should have followed Apple's path where older generation hardware of iPhone could upgrade and run newer iOS !!!!

what are you smoking? I have photosynth on my focus, its an almost 2.5 year old phone.

Fritzly said,

I come all the way from the Journada PDA, trough Motorola MPX 200 and HTC HD2 and many others in between and I can assure you that, besides few exceptions, MS past history about Mobile OSes is horrible.
Besides Apple, a,company I personally do not like, at least states,what features of the new OS will be available for previous versions up front and not being mum about it for months letting customers, or potential ones, in a total vacuum about what to expect.

Since when did Apple release months in advance what is available in an OS or hardware update? They announce then release within a week,, whats in an SDK is not supposed to be released to the general public although it does leak out - but Apple sure doesn't do the leaking. This is also common with MS SDK's - the info leaks out from devs.