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From the very beginning, as you’ve no doubt heard us say, Windows Phone has been about delivering outstanding experiences to end users and giving developers contextually relevant mechanisms to expose their offerings, so that apps aren’t hidden deep on the fifth page of a grid of icons never to be used again. Instead, we’ve built in extensibility points throughout our OS so that end users see your apps when they’re relevant, giving you a better opportunity to develop a relationship with your users.
One of the ways we’re expanding on this approach in Windows Phone 8 is with the new Lenses feature. Lenses enable developers to do something that can’t be done on any other platform: extend the native camera viewfinder of the phone. The camera application space is currently a hotbed of innovation; our Lenses feature makes Windows Phone a compelling place to build these types of apps.
For users, lenses are presented as an option every time they use the camera on their phone. Lenses give users a contextually relevant way to access your photo manipulation apps. From the lens space in the UI, users can directly access a listing of lens apps in the Windows Phone Store.
User clicks on lens button to bring up available lenses, or find more
Here are a few examples of the lens feature in a few prominent apps on Windows Phone 8:
We’ve produced quite a few resources to help you get started building Lens applications today:
Lenses are a perfect example of how the underlying philosophy of Windows Phone translates in to real tangible ways in which you can innovate, build, and publish outstanding apps in ways that can’t quite be done on the other platforms.
I promise not to troll the site about this (after this post), but a friend just ran into a limitation of Windows Phone 8 that is pretty embarrassing and goes against the spirit of this post claiming "Windows Phone has been about delivering outstanding experiences." The problem is described here: windowsphone.uservoice.com/.../3378998-be-able-to-open-wav-files-on-windowsphone-8-crit
A friend with Windows Phone 8 tries to download and play a WAV voicemail file from an email but gets a message that the phone can't play the file. I try playing the same file on my Windows Phone 7.5 device, and it works fine. That's egg on both of our faces. Me recommending the phone and the friend buying the phone. Although I considered myself a Window Phone fan, I agree with the poster in the Suggestion Box that this is what returns are for.
Why would Microsoft remove support for common codecs in Windows Phone 8? If this is an oversight, I'd urge you to respond quickly. Otherwise, I'd like an explanation on why Windows Phone 8 is bucking the trend and making things difficult for end users and developers alike.
As a user, how do I remove available lenses? I don't want to see cnn iReport in my lenses list.
what are you doing to developere microsoft
i see you are still in the bussiness of killing smal town developers
how low can you go
what we do not understand is this there have benn 15.000 download of our game wicth has no trail ,, you can only buy this version
but yet you only report sold 223 copys ,,
so this is not possible ,, is it
take a look at zombies night out
what shall we do , i written to the apphub support last year and this year , and the answher is this
you can not do any thing about it we are still wating
and one of your employ sugested that is was lying , but no
by the way you have recorded the conversasion os you start out in the beginning of the phone call says
we are still wating ,,
how manny developers you cheating out of revenue
hope you fix this soon ,, and start paying out
and if you look at the free version of zombies night out
160.000 downloads and from our ads shows that are a round 1000 people play every day
the buy version with no trail ,, a round 20 to 50 download every day, and our ads segement for the version shows a round 100 players every day
hope you fix this soon,