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Picture this: Photosynth debuts for Windows Phone 8

The popular app for stitching together photos includes new features such as camera lens integration, more camera controls, and the ability to view shared panoramas.

Photosynth is now available for Windows Phone 8. Photosynth
Microsoft's Windows Phone app store has just gotten a little bigger, thanks to the addition of Photosynth.

The software giant said Photosynth, a 3D panorama photo app, has now debuted for the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone operating system. It's available for free from the Windows Phone Store.

The app allows users to stitch together photos to create panorama images or even full 360-degree views. After shooting and stitching the images, users can publish their photos to the Photosynth site or Bing or can share it via Facebook and Twitter.

New features added for Windows Phone 8 include:

  • Camera lens integration -- Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app
  • View shared panoramas -- View panoramas shared via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter directly on a mobile device
  • More camera controls -- Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options
  • General improvements such as various bug and stability fixes

One of the biggest criticisms of Windows Phone (as well as BlackBerry and other smaller phone systems) is that not as many apps are available as there are for Android and iOS. However, Microsoft has been steadily increasing the number of apps available for its newest smartphone operating system to catch up with its bigger rivals.

Earlier this week, Twitter updated its Windows Phone app to add a slew of discovery features that had been included in its iOS and Android apps for some time. And Spotify last month launched a new Windows Phone 8 app in beta.