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This article was published on July 27, 2012


At last: Windows Phone 8 to bring native screenshot capabilities to the platform

At last: Windows Phone 8 to bring native screenshot capabilities to the platform
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Rejoice, Windows Phone fans, Windows Phone 8 will indeed contain the ability to take screenshots. After years of waiting, the drought is almost over.

As discovered by WP7App.de, the following video shows it in action:

I can almost taste it. Why does this matter? As WMPowerUser notes, “the feature answers a major need by journalists and bloggers covering the platform.” Indeed. If you can’t take a screenshot of what is on your phone’s screen, it can be maddeningly hard to write about apps, errors, updates, and other smartphone related topics.

Why it has taken so long for the feature to be added to the platform, indeed it’s not yet out, is a frustration.  Windows Phone 8 is due out later this year. It’s a massive revamp of the platform, and is built on a different core. Current Windows Phone devices will not be capable of running it.

Top Image Credit: Vernon Chan