Among the many consumer features discovered in the leaked Windows Phone 8 features, Accessibility seems to be the least talked about. In Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be bringing in several settings that will help a broader audience use their phones with more comfort. In the desktop world of Windows, Microsoft has offered great support by improving their accessibility features, and these are now coming to Windows Phone 8. Under WP8 settings, the following options will be available to the users:
- Change text size
- On screen magnifier
- Ability to increase screen contrast
The new accessibility options were spotted by Tonyxx85 at Plaffo.com. Here’s a screenshot:
As explained in the image, the on screen magnifier will use two fingers to activate. Quite a smart implementation.
In addition to the accessibility features, Microsoft is planning a Kids Zone in Windows Phone 8. The feature has very little documentation and was noticed by the guys at Windows Phone Hacker in the WP8 registry keys. Microsoft is no stranger to what child restrictions; similar features/restrictions are available as part of Windows and even on Xbox. Bringing a Kids Zone to Windows Phone 8 is an intelligent move by Microsoft.