Windows Phone 8 to get screenshot feature?

Taking a screenshot of your smartphone screen images, whether it is an app, game, or menu screen, is something that iPhone, iPad and most Android devices enjoy. For some reason, this feature has not been a native part of Windows Phone devices. That could change with the launch of Windows Phone 8 later this year.

Chinese language site WPDang reports, via unnamed sources, that official screenshot support will be included in Windows Phone 8. The feature will reportedly work by pressing the Windows key and camera button together. Once that happens, the screenshot image will be saved and can be accessed via the Photo hub of your Windows Phone 8 device.

A feature as simple as screenshot support would seem to be a no-brainer for Windows Phone 8 at this stage, and it certainly would be welcomed by owners of those products. Officially, Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny that they will be adding this feature to their mobile phone OS. The company did not list screenshot support as a feature when they formally introduced Windows Phone 8 a month ago.

Of course, this might also mean that current Windows Phone 7.5 users could miss out on yet another new feature added for Windows Phone 8, since those devices won't be able to upgrade to WP8.

Source: WPDang.com

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Josh_LosAltosHills said,
I always thought the "copyright issue's" explaination I got a long time ago from WP Support was pretty lame.

Well TBH the only time i have seen the screenshots used it to take photos of people's sms's and posting them on FB... SO its nothing too major surely?

I would like it as a quick way to share a site or a news feed im reading if that

dagamer34 said,
I use it as a developer. Getting screenshots is rather complicated now.

As a dev would you not use it in the Emulator?

My Captivate (Android) couldn't take a screenshot as part of the base OS until I rooted it and installed ICS.

Edited by ahinson, Jul 17 2012, 6:31pm :

So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

Depends on the person but i use it daily to quickly show people a convo with a client etc

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

Quite frequently actually.

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

This reminds me of WP7 blind worshippers saying that people did not use copy/paste....... until MS re-added the feature........
Btw I had a HD7, a Lumia 800 and now I have a Lumia 900; I also plan to buy a WP8 device as soon as released which means that I like the MS OS but I am not blind about its, still severe, shortcomings.

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

I've found that people that never had a clue what printscreen did in windows found the screen capture feature in the iPhone easily.... and they always post the screen caps to facebook... kinda annoying...

Fritzly said,

This reminds me of WP7 blind worshippers saying that people did not use copy/paste....... until MS re-added the feature........
Btw I had a HD7, a Lumia 800 and now I have a Lumia 900; I also plan to buy a WP8 device as soon as released which means that I like the MS OS but I am not blind about its, still severe, shortcomings.

Eh I still seldom use the copy/paste feature. It was a mole hill that got made into a mountain. Annoying to not have but not the end of the world.

With WP8 still not yet fully unveiled, I'll wait until all features are out until I pass any judgement. I REALLY do like some of the enterprise stuff.

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

Constantly, it's so useful on so many levels!

I make sure (as many other geeks I guess) to let all of my fellow Apple friends know it's there to help you when you need support, want to show your wallpaper, "note" down something that's already written/graphed somewhere else, etc etc...

GS:mac

x-byte said,
So, how much do you people use the screenshot feature? I bet most of those with iPhone and Android know it even is possible.

I have used it almost every day. My sister and missus use it a lot, also.

Taking screenshots on a phone is a very basic feature. Like native rotation lock.

Fritzly said,

This reminds me of WP7 blind worshippers saying that people did not use copy/paste....... until MS re-added the feature........
Btw I had a HD7, a Lumia 800 and now I have a Lumia 900; I also plan to buy a WP8 device as soon as released which means that I like the MS OS but I am not blind about its, still severe, shortcomings.


With WP7's design and sharing features built in so well, it really isn't that necessary. Is it nice to have? Sure, but hardly the end of the world that it wasn't there on day one...

Seriously this wasn't included in Windows Phone 7? I guess this explains why I've never seen anyones screenshots on the net of the phone.

Vice said,
Seriously this wasn't included in Windows Phone 7? I guess this explains why I've never seen anyones screenshots on the net of the phone.

If you have unlocked phone, you can install Screen Capture 3.0 from XDA, not a perfect solution, but at least you can.