Microsoft talks more about Windows Phone 8 lock screen

Among the changes made for Windows Phone 8 by Microsoft was putting in new features in the lock screen for the OS. Microsoft previously talked about the new Start screen and now they also discuss what improvements they have made to the lock screen.

The post is actually in the form of a Q&A, where Microsoft program manager Danielle Ellbogen talks about, among other things, how the user of a Windows Phone 8 device can now customize what sort of notifications are available on the lock screen. She states:

Before we showed the calendar in the detailed status area. Now you can change that calendar slot to things like your email, your phone, your messaging—so you can see who the missed call was from, or read the first couple lines of a new text message. It’s the same amount of detail you’d see in the large Start tile.

New apps can also be put into the lock screen's quick status notification area. Ellbogen also talks about how the lock screen's main image can be changed automatically. It can be set to change the image from a Facebook photo album every 30 minutes. She adds:

And since we have Bing on Windows Phone, you’ll also now be able to see the Bing image of the day—something people asked for on Suggestion Box. People love those pictures, so we made a really big push to get the feature in.

Ellbogen says it was "nice" to work on a feature such as the lock screen because she knows that it will be something that people will see and use every day on their Windows Phone 8 smartphone. However, she also says that users sometimes have some issues, adding, "Because it’s so prominent, everyone sees it and everyone has opinions about it. But to me those are just good problems to have—people talking about your feature and caring what it looks like."

Source: Windows Phone blog | Image via Microsoft

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Waiting for an app like Das Image to implement this feature... get a new wallpaper everyday. That would be so awesome!

Shikaka said,
The battery icon looks out if place? Or is there ment to be something to the right of it?

its usually offset to that position by the time being displayed in the corner

Shikaka said,
The battery icon looks out if place? Or is there meant to be something to the right of it?
As duddit said, when you unlock the device, the time appears there.

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate that they put the Bing logo on the images.

Yeah, I didn't notice this before now actually, but I really don't like that either. Hopefully that isn't the case...

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate that they put the Bing logo on the images.

No different then when you use Bing's pic of the day anywhere else.