Microsoft officially unveils Kid's Corner on Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has just officially unveiled Kid's Corner for Windows Phone 8. This feature has been leaked before but now it's all out in the open. Kid's Corner lets user lock their main phone features while simultaneously letting them access special parts of the phone such as games, music and video. The feature is designed with parents in mind giving them a great way to control what their kids do while using the phone.

A parent can customize what apps a child can use and other functions such as in-app purchases. At the same time, the child can customize their own start screen inside Kid's Corner giving them the sense they can access their own part of the phone.

Users can add a lock-screen PIN to make sure their kids don't have access to the main part of the phone, and Kid's Corner is accessed by swiping left from the lock-screen. In a rather fun and unusual presentation, Joe Belfiore brought his own kids on stage to show off this new feature. Later, Jessica Alba also came on stage to talk how this feature helps her manage her kids' usage of the phone.

One thing's for sure, this will be a very welcome addition for parents who will no longer have to worry that their kids will buy stuff or send e-mails to unsuspecting people from the address book.

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this as got to be one of the selling points of wp8. my four year old nephew just loves phones and games. so with this feature it's a no brainer. when i get the chance i'm going to get me one of these babies.

While I don't have kids, this will be a great feature for when I let my 24-year old sister "borrow my phone to check her facebook". By which she really means "post rude messages with my facebook and twitter account, and change my contacts' names around".

cyberdrone2000 said,
While I don't have kids, this will be a great feature for when I let my 24-year old sister "borrow my phone to check her facebook". By which she really means "post rude messages with my facebook and twitter account, and change my contacts' names around".

So evil.

no doubt its a great feature specially with highly customized tiles ready to be tapped. I think they have done a phenomenal job putting this idea into action.

I will be using the hell out of this feature. I dread giving my kids my phone for the same reasons they talked about on stage. Great feature.

I think its a great feature. I will be using it simply as a "Guest" account. Kids Corner implies its a parental control feature only, but really its great for everybody. Want to borrow my phone to call somebody? Use the internet? Play games? No problem. Keeps you out of the rest of my phone.

dtboos said,
I think its a great feature. I will be using it simply as a "Guest" account. Kids Corner implies its a parental control feature only, but really its great for everybody. Want to borrow my phone to call somebody? Use the internet? Play games? No problem. Keeps you out of the rest of my phone.

that's what I was thinking as well, the naming of it implies its just fir kids but the concept can be used as you wish....

dtboos said,
I think its a great feature. I will be using it simply as a "Guest" account. Kids Corner implies its a parental control feature only, but really its great for everybody. Want to borrow my phone to call somebody? Use the internet? Play games? No problem. Keeps you out of the rest of my phone.

I agree, but it's possible they have identified kids messing with phones to be a greater annoyance than some non-kid handling your phone. I would also as well think it's not often you hand your phone over to someone to use, and if you did, I would think you'd be able to keep an eye. It makes sense to market this feature to parents by calling it "Kids Corner" or something that will catch their eye.

In the end, I agree it should be called Guest Accounts or something like that and you can create some specific use profiles depending on the person, and Microsoft could market the potential for kids, friends, etc.

I have a 3 year old and this is a great feature. My son kept calling 911 every time I gave him my cell phone so I had to stop.

I don't have children myself (I'm only 17!) but this is a brilliant idea. I've given my younger brother and sister (both <9) my phone many times for them to send "gwhjqnioklwnl" to people

Yes this will be awesome function. Since my nephew always wants to play games on my phone, I don't want him to touch other areas besides what I assign for him now.

My wife and I are both Windows Phone users and we have a (coming up on) 4 year old daughter who absolutely LOVES our phones and playing Fruit Ninja and Plants vs. Zombies. But there have been several in app purchases made and several text messages sent. The demo of Kid's Corner was awesome.