Windows Phone 8 handsets are finally hitting retail shelves on Friday, which means anyone can get their hands on Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. The company has detailed several of the platform’s features — Live Tiles, the new Start Screen, Kids Corner, a revamped Camera, and more — but whether you’re a Windows Phone veteran or thinking about buying your first Windows Phone device, there’s a lot to learn with Windows Phone 8.
We’ve collected some of the most useful tips, tricks and hidden features that you’ll encounter in Windows Phone 8. Got any suggestions we didn’t mention here? Let us know in the comments.
Take a Screenshot
You can finally take screenshots in Windows Phone 8 by simultaneously pressing the Home and Lock buttons — as you would on the iPhone. Prior to WP8, capturing your screen required developer-unlocking your phone and downloading a developer-specific app. Now anyone can quickly share all of their ridiculous text threads and Home Screen variations.
Above: Alexandra Chang demonstrates taking a screenshot on a Windows Phone 8 Nokia. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired