Windows Phone 8 Beta Report: What Features Are In Place?
We’ve heard plenty about just what Windows Phone 8 will offer its users, and in the months to come as we approach the platform’s launch, we’re sure to here more and more details about which features will make the final cut and how we’ll see them arrive. Today we get to check out one supposed report of the user experience from the in-development Windows Phone 8 beta, including just such a look into its feature set.
This reports comes from a Chinese forum, where one user posted a claim about a friend of his at Microsoft who had access to a WP8 beta build. This version was supposedly running on Nokia Lumia 800 hardware, and presented a user interface that looked largely unchanged from Windows Phone 7.5.
We wish we had some pictures or video of the handset in action, but we’ll have to make do with these descriptions of some of the changes in store for WP8. There will apparently be support for gestures based on raising and lowering your phone, instead of only tilting it. Touchscreen response time could be seeing a noticeable improvement, nearly eliminating lag. Users would gain the ability to create folders, and there could be some language changes in store; Chinese in particular may see an expanded character set. This users mentions big changes coming to Internet Explorer, but doesn’t go into detail so we can’t say if this is anything beyond what we’ve already heard. There’s VPN support in the beta, but it may not be present in the final release.
Finally, translation issues are making it a bit hard to understand this last one, but there either will be a feature to delete unwanted SMS and MMS messages in bulk, or there definitely won’t; we’re going to need some additional confirmation on that before knowing what to think.