In its pursuit to replace BlackBerry as the third largest mobile OS ecosystem, software giant Microsoft has jumped into the fierce competition, already ruled by the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. But the sad thing is, a lot of people have desisted from adapting to cutting-edge technology due to lack of apps and games present in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Yet many of us fail to realize the fact that it takes time for an ecosystem to get out of the incunabulum stage.

For those who are loyal to Microsoft and are patiently waiting for the rise of this sleeping giant, here are some of the best Windows Phone apps to take beautiful and high-quality panoramic photos. With panoramic capturing enabled apps, users can easily take panoramic photos or elongated shots without the need for any photography skill or equipment.

Enjoy!

Ztitch [Free]

Ztitch

Instead of stitching images automatically, this photo app places them in a three-dimensional space where you can pick and stitch them to create a 360-degree panorama. It also serves as a panoramic image viewer. You can choose to export your photos to Photo Hub or share them on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. It’s a simple app that serves the purpose.

AutoPanorama [Free; Pro: $0.99]

AutoPanorama

AutoPanorama is a third-party app that gives you complete control over images. It provides a transparent layer of previous images which you can align with the next screenshot to create the perfect panoramic photo. Of course, this requires you to have steady hands while capturing the images. This results in a better image alignment.

Unlike other apps of its kind, it takes AutoPanorama only seconds to stitch the images to form your panorama. It also features transparency-level adjustment, flash mode on/off, and red-eye reduction. It also has automatic picture-taking capability. You can save panoramas to the camera roll, upload them on Facebook or send them to your friends thru email or SMS.

Photosynth [Free]

Photosynth

Developed by Microsoft itself, Photosynth is one of the most downloaded panoramic apps from the Windows Phone marketplace. This free photo app has the capability to take full 360-degree panoramic images which is a must-have feature in any top-notch app.

But what really gives it an edge is that it allows you to take 360-degree panoramic shots both horizontally and vertically. From there, you can stitch the images together according to your preference. Another notable feature is its sharing option, as it allows you to share your screenshots on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and even on Bing. Sharing your screenshot on Bing may give you a wider online exposure and a much needed thrust to your photography career.

Pano [$2.99]

Pano

This premium photo app will unleash the photographer in you. Already an award-winning iOS app, Pano now comes to the Windows Phone community. The app lets you take full 360-degree panoramic images, with up to 16 photos to stitch. It also provides a semi-transparent guide to align each photo perfectly. The end result will be something you’ll be proud to share with your friends and family.

Pano’s advanced alignment, blending, and color correction algorithm ensures that you get near-perfect quality photos in all types of exposure. The only downside is the absence of transparency control, which can be an impediment when taking panoramic shots in an outdoor environment. It might also take a while for the stitching process to complete. That aside, this app is definitely worth the price.