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Windows Phone 7 For Dummies



Windows Phone 7 For Dummies

Bill Hughes

ISBN: 978-1-118-00586-6 November 2010 320 Pages

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Unleash the full power of your Windows Phone 7!

Windows Phone 7 is the new and improved mobile platform for all Windows smartphones. The new platform has been completely rebuilt from the ground up and this guide walks you through everything that's new, from the look and feel to the underlying code to the revamped home screen and user interface experience. Placing special focus on the features and functionality that is shared across all Windows Phone 7 series models, this fun and friendly book covers a wide range of how-to topics on everything from making simple calls to using your handheld device as a mobile computer.

  • Explores the exciting new Windows Phone 7 and the completely revamped platform that will revolutionize the way you experience mobile phone use
  • Shows you how to personalize your interface and exchange and sync information with your Windows PC
  • Covers how to download, install, and use Mobile Office applications
  • Demonstrates creating, downloading, exchanging, and sharing digital media, such as photos, videos, sound, and music files with other mobile device and PC users

Windows Phone 7 For Dummies takes your Windows Phone 7 experience to a whole new level!

Intoduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 1

What You’re Not to Read 2

Foolish Assumptions 2

How This Book Is Organized 2

Icons Used in This Book 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Beginning at the Beginning 9

First Things First: Turning On Your Phone 10

You and Your Shadow: Understanding How Your Cellular Carrier Bills You 12

Voice usage 12

Text usage 13

Data usage 13

Charging Your Phone and Managing Battery Life 14

Navigating around the Phone 16

The phone’s buttons 16

The touch screen 20

The keyboard 25

Turning Off the Phone 27

Chapter 2: Making Your First Call 29

Making Your First Call 29

Receiving Your First Call 33

The Call History: Keeping Track of Your Calls 34

Emergency Calls: The 411 on 911 35

Synching a Bluetooth Headset 36

Chapter 3: The Joy of Text 39

Sending Your First Text 39

Sending an Attachment with a Text 44

Receiving Your First Text 45

Managing Your Text History 46

Part II: Moving Beyond the Basics 47

Chapter 4: What You Can Do with Your Phone 49

The Basics: What Any Cellphone Can Do (And How the Windows Phone Does It) 49

What Makes a Smartphone Smart 50

Internet access 50

Wireless e-mail 53

Multimedia 53

Downloaded games and applications 53

What Your Windows Phone 7 Can Do 54

People and social networks 54

Photos 55

Music and video 56

Games 57

Business and e-mail 59

Chapter 5: Included Applications: What’s on Your Phone 61

Start Screen Apps: The Tip-Top Taps 61

Internet Explorer: It’s all there 63

Office: Just like your PC 63

Clock: Anybody have the time? 65

Calendar: Forget your appointment book 66

Calculator: 1 + 1 = 2 69

Exploring More Applications on Your Phone 69

Applications 71

Utilities and settings 76

Part III: Live on the Internet: Going Mobile 77

Chapter 6: You’ve Got the Whole (Web) World in Your Hands 79

Browsing the Web on Your Phone: Internet Explorer 79

Your Favorites list 81

Tabs 84

More options 86

Binging Your Way to the Information You Need: Mobile Bing Searches 88

Web searches 88

Map searches: Getting there from here 92

Accessing Web Sites, Mobile or Not 96

Chapter 7: The Windows Live ID and What It Can Do for You 99

Looking at the Benefi ts of Windows Live 99

Determining whether You Have a Windows Live ID 101

Signing Up for a Windows Live ID 102

Knowing what information you need to provide 103

Jumping through the hoops 104

Acknowledging your new Windows Live ID 106

Chapter 8: Introducing the Windows Phone Marketplace 109

Windows Phone Marketplace: The Mall for Your Phone 110

How to Get to the Marketplace 111

Through the Marketplace app on your Windows Phone 111

Through the Internet 111

What’s Available: Window Shopping 113

Chapter 9: Buying and Installing Applications 117

Setting Your Marketplace Preferences 117

Your payment information 118

Your phone type 118

Buying and Installing an Application from Your Phone 119

Getting Application Updates 122

Getting Rid of an App — And Maybe Even Getting Your Money Back 123

Part IV: Connecting with the People You Care About 125

Chapter 10: A Shared Picture Is Worth a Million Words 127

Say Cheese! Taking a Picture with Your Windows Phone 127

Sorting the Images on Your Phone 128

A quick tour through the Pictures app 128

Your sorting options 131

Sharing Your Photos with Windows Live 135

Chapter 11: Sending and Receiving E-Mail on Your Phone 139

Setting Up Your E-Mail 139

Using a supported e-mail account 141

Using a non-fully-supported e-mail account 142

Setting up multiple accounts 142

Reading E-Mail on Your Phone 142

Managing Your E-Mails 145

Writing and Sending an E-Mail 145

Chapter 12: Keeping Connected with Your BFFs 147

Setting Up Your Social Networks 149

Facebook 150

Other social networking sites 150

Setting Up Your Contact Database 150

Adding contacts to your phone manually 152

Adding contacts as you communicate 153

Importing data from your SIM card 154

Building contacts with Windows Live 154

Navigating Your People Hub 159

Part V: Music and Videos in the Palm of Your Hand 163

Chapter 13: The “Phonified” Zune HD 165

Recognizing What Zune HD Can Do 165

Navigating Music and Video on Your Windows Phone 167

The Zune start screen 168

Delving into your past with the History screen 170

Finding music you’ve recently downloaded on the New screen 171

Chapter 14: Working the Zune Marketplace 173

Listening Up on Licensing 173

Music and podcasts 173

Videos 176

Handing Over Your Hard-Earned Money 176

Getting Music and Videos 181

Chapter 15: Playing Music and Videos 189

Playing Zune Tunes 189

Playing a single song 189

Playing an album, artist, or genre 193

Playing a playlist 194

Playing Zune Videos 195

Playing Zune Podcasts 196

Playing Zune Radio 196

Part VI: Gaming on Your Phone with Xbox LIVE 201

Chapter 16: Let the Games Begin! 203

Figuring Out What to Play: Game Types 203

Where to Buy Games 205

Organized Fun on the Games Hub 206

Chapter 17: Getting Games on Your Phone 211

The Games Department of the Windows Phone Marketplace 211

Keeping Track of the Games on Your Phone 215

Chapter 18: Xbox LIVE and Mobile 217

What Xbox LIVE Is 217

The free stuff 218

The not-free stuff 218

Xbox LIVE from Your Windows Phone 221

Part VII: Taking Care of Business with Your Windows Phone 225

Chapter 19: On the Road Again: Taking Your Work with You on Your Phone 227

Mobile Office Apps 227

Office Hub on Your Phone 229

OneNote 230

Documents 231


Links 238

File Sharing outside of SharePoint 238

Using e-mail to review and edit fi les 239

Using SkyDrive or another remote server 240

Chapter 20: Making a Date with Your Phone 245

Stand-Alone with Me: Setting Up Your Phone’s Calendar 245

Setting your date and time preferences 246

Getting to the Calendar 249

Making a new appointment 251

Your Calendars Together at Last 256

Linking your electronic calendars to your phone 256

Creating an appointment for one calendar 256

Part VIII: The Part of Tens 261

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Steps to Making the Phone Totally Yours 263

Population Explosion: Adding Your Contacts 264

You Look Marvelous: Putting Up Custom Screen Images 264

Songs That Make the Whole World Sing: Downloading Your Music 264

Making a Statement with Accessories 264

Customizing Your Start Screen 265

Setting Screen Colors 267

Setting Your Password 270

Signing Up for Microsoft’s My Phone Service 272

Chapter 22: Ten Features to Look for Down the Road 275

More and More Applications 275

More Supported Social Networking Sites 276

Support for More E-Mail Services 276

A Compass 276

Side-Loading of Music 277

Loading of Proprietary Applications 277

Connection to External A/V 277

Cut and Paste in Microsoft Offi ce for Mobile 277

More Accessories 278

Updating of the Operating Systems 278

Index 279