Windows Phone 8 screenshot feature confirmed

This week's leak of an early version of Windows Phone 8 SDK has yielded lots of information about the next mobile OS from Microsoft (perhaps earlier than the company would have preferred). Yet another new, and much requested, feature, has been discovered by someone going through the SDK files.

The WP7app.de website sent us a tip stating that being able to take native screenshots of the Windows Phone display is now available as part of the Windows Phone 8 SDK. He also posted up a YouTube video showing how it is supposed to work.

The new screenshot feature was previously rumored and seems to work as advertised based on the earlier reports. Screenshots are made by pressing the Windows key and camera button together. The image is then stored and can be accessed via the Photo hub of a Windows Phone 8 device.

This new addition will certainly be welcomed by a number of Windows Phone users, who have had to use third party utilities in order to take screenshots of apps and games. We are still holding out hope that this feature could also be added to current Windows Phone devices via the promised Windows Phone 7.8 update, but so far, we don't know if that will happen.

Source: WP7apps.de

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brent3000 said,
It makes me wonder if this kind of feature will find its way into 7.8

I also hope so. Its not something hardware dependent, so really there is no reason not to..

brent3000 said,
It makes me wonder if this kind of feature will find its way into 7.8

Yes... the little things, like screenshots and the like I can't imagine them keeping out of 7.8.

brent3000 said,
It makes me wonder if this kind of feature will find its way into 7.8

Yes I've been dying for this on my Titan, really let down if it doesn't make it to WP7.

Why is it that you have to press them together? When you press and hold the windows key you already get a menu. Couldn't they just add a software snapshot button to that menu or a voice command? My option would be a soft snapshot button under the different panels in the menu when you press and hold the back button.
The thing is that many WP devices have soft front buttons and hard camera buttons on the side that are atrocious to press simultaneously.

Thief000 said,
Why is it that you have to press them together? When you press and hold the windows key you already get a menu. Couldn't they just add a software snapshot button to that menu or a voice command? My option would be a soft snapshot button under the different panels in the menu when you press and hold the back button.
The thing is that many WP devices have soft front buttons and hard camera buttons on the side that are atrocious to press simultaneously.

I imagine it would be a quick press... it doesn't seem to be too hard to do my Lumia 800.

Sonne said,
Wait a minute...you can't take a screenshot right now in WP?

...wow, lol


It's not a major feature, in my opinion, but it would have been nice. I'm glad they focussed on what I deem the more important features.

Calum said,

It's not a major feature, in my opinion, but it would have been nice. I'm glad they focussed on what I deem the more important features.

Absolutely. I like how people don't talk about the functionality exclusive to WP. It's not a one way street...

M_Lyons10 said,

Absolutely. I like how people don't talk about the functionality exclusive to WP. It's not a one way street...

Great point. I agree. I find it disappointing when some people berate Windows Phone for not having certain minor features while at the same time failing to recognise the innovation.

well after wp8 is released they will have very little to pick on with windows phones. same or better hardware, much better os, much better feature set, more customisation, more apps coming, and probably a much better gaming experience.

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