Microsoft has revealed a few things about Windows Phone 8, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about yet. One of those features is Kid’s Corner, a new form of parental control that allows you to create a customized version of the Start screen.
The Kid’s Corner works much like your traditional Start screen, but it lacks editing functionality and the full app list. A special wizard is used to set up the Kid’s Corner, allowing you to choose which games, music, videos, and apps are accessible from the locked down Start screen. Windows Phone 8 will also let you specify a unique name, picture, background, and accent color. The feature can be brought up by swiping left on the Start screen, and it looks and feels very similar to the full OS. To exit, simply press the power button.
This sounds like a great feature for parents, but it could also be useful for other people as well. Take, for example, a situation where you have to temporarily loan someone your phone but you don’t want them to have full access to all of your apps, contacts, and other data. Kid’s Corner might be announced as early as next week, at Microsoft and Nokia’s joint press conference in New York.