Windows Phone Photos Experience for Developers
By on May 3rd, 2011

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The Windows Phone photos experience supports extensibility points for applications. Developers can build custom applications that look and feel like part of the built-in camera and photos experience.

Some features of the photo experience include:

  • Integrate photo altering applications seamlessly into the Windows Phone built-in photo application
  • Using highly flexible managed APIs for decoding and encoding photos
  • Allow applications the ability to perform tasks such as saving a picture to the media library
  • Extend the photos experience to upload photos to a web service


The following three articles on MSDN would guide you on how to include these features in your apps for a better photos experience.

Photo Extras Application Extensibility for Windows Phone

Photo extras application extensibility allows developers to integrate their photo altering applications seamlessly into the Windows Phone built-in photo application.

Decoding and Encoding Photos for Windows Phone

Windows Phone provides highly flexible managed APIs for decoding and encoding photos. This is an essential functionality for photo applications and an indispensible part of the still image platform infrastructure. Developers can easily implement a still image application with both reasonable performance and memory consumption.

Share Picker Extensibility for Windows Phone

The Windows Phone 7 pictures application is designed to allow users to share pictures to web services. While some services are available by default, you can extend the share picker with additional applications for uploading photos to a web service.

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
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