Windows 8.1 To Have Nokia Smart Cam Like Photo Loop Camera Feature

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Packaging

While Microsoft has already released Windows 8.1 RTM to MSDN, TechNet subscribers and few others, consumers will be able to download it only next month(October 22nd). If you are wondering what Microsoft will do with Windows 8.1  RTM code till general availability, here is a part of the answer.

Microsoft is planning to release updates for Bing Search, Sports, Finance, Travel, Food and Drink apps on Oct 22nd. Microsoft is also planning to update the stock camera app which will have a new feature called ‘Photo Loop’. With this Photo Loop feature, when you open the Camera app on Windows 8.1 with a compatible device it will start to automatically begin taking pictures in the background. After you snap your photo, you can use a radial menu to rewind a photo to capture the exact moment you needed. Yes, this is similar to Nokia Smartcam app and Blackberry’s Rewind feature.

The Verge reported the following new features in Bing updates that are coming,

Bing search will be updated to include additional hotels and restaurants search categories. On the app side, Bing Food and Drink will be updated to include instructional videos from world renowned chefs and 100,000s of new recipes with new guides on cooking meals. Bing Finance will be updated to allow users to connect to a portfolio directly and make trades within the app. Bing Travel is getting additional user generated photos from Trover and Michellin, and Bing Sports will be updated with additional real-time live events and over 20 more international leagues.

Source: The Verge

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  • Willem Evenhuis

    Well, if MSFT does that, it will need to add a good camera to its best practices, something the surface pro 1 and 2 do not have.

    • Yuan Taizong

      Dat is helaas waar :-(

    • Wtechrover

      Hoezo? Weet je al hoe goed de camera van de Surface 2 is?
      Why? You allready know how good the camera of the Surface 2 is?

      • Willem Evenhuis

        The keynote mentioned a 3 megapixel front and 5 megapixel back for the SURFACE 2. I’m talking about the SURFACE PRO 2. It has a 720 p front and back and is the same as the SURFACE PRO 1. I have a surface pro 1. And the camera of the surface pro is not good.

        • Wtechrover

          Sorry, I misread. You’re right.

  • Yuan Taizong

    These updates will add a lot of new functionality to ”the Windows Apps”, as much as I’d like to read that you could pin exchange courses on the start screen, I’m actually quite contented at the level of quality Bing Finance, Bing Sports, Camera and Bing Search have, and from what I’ve read, Bing Food & Drink will be one of the best computer-cook-books on the market, if you compare this to the lack of functionality on most iPad apps it’s baffling that the Surface isn’t outselling the iPad, on the other hand does a larger quantity of apps in the iO.S. App Store make up for the built-in (cr)apps of Apple-apps, and most unfortunately most 3rd party apps in the Windows RunTime mode can hardly compare to über-apps that Microsoft offers, although Mail is really bad, but the rest are really innovative and effective, so there wouldn’t be much reason to go for a comparable competitor, I.E. Microsoft OneNote Vs. Evernote Touch.

  • Yuan Taizong

    One thing I’m really hoping out of the Nokia deal is to see Nokia’s apps being built into Windows, Xbox and the Kinect, because Nokia is probably the best company world-wide concerning camera’s, if they’d make professional camera’s, they’d own the market, I really hope that Microsoft will slowly port (rather sooner than later, honestly) all the Nokia camera applications to Windows & the Kinect.

    • Wtechrover

      Agree, me hoping for great Nokia/WindowsRT/8 apps at Nokia tablet launch.