Windows Phone 8 to be child friendly with 'KidZone'?

Ever since that leak of the Windows Phone 8 SDK a couple days ago, we’ve been slowly finding out more and more about the new OS.

We’ll file this next one under ‘not sure’ but it certainly looks like Windows Phone 8 will have some sort of family-child filter built in either for the Marketplace of in the OS itself.

The evidence comes from the site Windows Phone Hacker who found a simple registry entry with settings for ‘KidZone’ (nested under ‘Family'). Though it may be too early to say exactly what this feature will entail it is certainly interesting. (The evidence is found under Software --> Family --> KidZone in the registry for the OS.)

A KidZone and Family section for Windows Phone 8?

We’ve already heard that the Marketplace can have a PIN to access and purchase apps (something parents will be thankful for) and the notion that Microsoft would extend the feature-set of the OS to help parents trust their lil’ ones is hardly a stretch of the imagination.

We’ll dig around some more and see what we can find but we have a feeling that parents are going to see Windows Phone 8 as a viable alternative to Android’s more chaotic system. And that’s a good thing for business.

Source: Windows Phone Hacker

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

26 Comments
  • A simple "guest" feature would be nice, disabling things such as Marketplace purchases and XBL.
  • Hey, why not, sounds like a good thing to me, considering my kids are constantly downloading games to my phone
  • This is a good idea, like password protecting Xbox games and the Marketplace.
  • Precisely
  • I wonder if it will be like the app KidMode for Android that puts the kids into an environment that they can't exit without a PIN, and only have access to parent approved apps/games.
  • This feature was briefly mentioned at the developer conference.  So your kids would not pick up your phone and interfere with your work contacts and so on.
  • What about the disability features Microsoft mentioned that would have features not even android or iPhone has to help the disabled? Can you find if it is already built in?
  • Windows phone 8 seems like a big update than just a skin deep, new start screen.
  • 7.8 on the other hand...
  • What info are you sitting on that nobody else have?
  • Common sense and past experience with WM6
  • I think people underestimate the partnership with Nokia. If Nokia and other interested OEMs are allowed to keep selling the 610/Tango phones in emerging markets/low-income markets, Windows Phone gets more marketshare. I would have to think OEMs can keep the cost of a Windows 7.8 phone under that of Windows Phone 8 due to the hardware specs.
  • I really hope this is a full-OS feature. I want to be able to put my phone in KidZone mode and hand it over to my 4-year-old nephew and let him play to his heart's content without my worrying that he is going to send an email to my boss or delete all my contacts.
  • Woaw!! is there anything Windows Phone 8 won't do???
    So Exited :) !!!
  • It won't scramble eggs.  I think... :)
  • There will be an app for that... Eventually.
  • Maybe one of those vibrator apps would work...
  • PS For it to be really useful it needs to prevent the kids from being able to exist KidZone by pressing any of the physical buttons on the phone, not just via software. It needs to be tight.
  • My sister would have loved this feature after one of her kids got a hold of her phone and she ended up with a three hundred dollar phone bill.
  • lol Windows Phone 8 with Windows NT kernel is really a PC OS on a phone.
  • Its sounding really beefy! Lol
  • WP has always been child friendly. My kids always bug me for my WP over their ma's google android. Despite good games on her android, they keep coming to my phone. The new windows and WP may capture the new and next generation users.
  • I agree. my cousin loves to play with my phone. and I Agree alot of people in the younger generation will love it :-)
  • Soon the others will be known as "old timers." lolzz
  • We can sure hope so!
  • This is really good news. Neither iOS nor Android have really done much here (yet). I hope it's a feature they implement right and market well.