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Windows Phone 7 Secrets

Windows Phone 7 Secrets

ISBN: 978-1-118-00661-0

Oct 2010

480 pages

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Listen up! Bestselling author Paul Thurrott whispers little know Windows Phone 7 tips, tricks, and advice

The newly revamped Windows Phone platform boasts sophisticated new features and functionality. Sharing his years of training and experience, bestselling author and Windows expert Paul Thurrott reveals little known tips, valuable insight, and unbeatable advice so you can get the most from your Windows Phone 7. You'll benefit from the simple, straightforward solutions to common problems, all of which will go a long way to help if you are new to the Window Phone 7.

Written with access to unique information from the team at Microsoft, Windows Phone 7 Secrets is the ultimate guide to this exciting new mobile platform. Unlike other books, this title reveals the inner workings of the Windows Phone and how to make it work the way you want it. Thurrott begins with the basics of choosing the right Windows Phone, setting it up, and upgrading from another smart phone. He then moves on to customizing the screen; downloading applications; and using the Internet, e-mail, calendar, Microsoft Office; and more.

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Pre-Flight Checklist: What to Do Before You Get Your Windows Phone 1

Windows Live ID: One Online ID to Rule Them All 2

Using Windows Live ID to Access Your Social Networks and Other Services 11

Picking a Phone 25

Summary 32

Chapter 2 Unboxing and Getting Started 33

Unboxing Your Windows Phone 34

Windows Phone Usage 52

Summary 64

Chapter 3 Understanding the Windows Phone User Interface 65

The Way We Were: How Microsoft Screwed Up

Mobile So Bad It Had to Start Over from Scratch 66

A New Beginning: Metro 69

Real-World Metro: A Whirlwind Tour of the UI 82

Hubs and Applications 86

Summary 100

Chapter 4 You and Your Friends: How to Connect with Others, Connect to the World 103

Managing Your Digital Persona 104

Being a People Person: Managing Your Family, Friends, and Other Contacts 108

Configuring the People Hub 120

Summary 122

Chapter 5 Digital Memories: Using the Pictures Hub and Camera 123

Using the Pictures Hub 124

Taking Pictures and Videos with the Camera 127

Moving Photos Between the Phone and Your PC 136

Sharing Photos and Customizing Your Phone 143

Configuring Pictures Hub Options 148

Summary 149

Chapter 6 Zune to Go: Music + Videos 151

Using the Zune PC Software with Windows Phone 152

Enjoying Music and Video Content on Windows Phone 165

Why Zune Is Different 182

More Music: Pandora and Other Services 186

Summary 187

Chapter 7 Having Fun: Windows Phone and Games 189

Windows Phone: Great Mobile Gaming Platform 190

Understanding Xbox Live 194

Xbox Live on Windows Phone: Not the Full Meal Deal 200

Using the Games Hub 202

Playing a Game 206

Finding More Games in the Marketplace 207

Summary 209

Chapter 8 Browsing the Web 211

A (Short) History of the Mobile Web 212

Using Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 214

Configuring Internet Explorer 232

Summary 235

Chapter 9 Searching on the Go with Bing 237

Bing: A Different Way to Search 238

Using Bing 244

Configuring Bing 265

Summary 265

Chapter 10 Managing E-mail on the Go 267

Push It: A Look at Mobile E-mail 268

Understanding Accounts and E-mail 269

Using Mail 273

Configuring Mail and E-mail Accounts 292

Summary 294

Chapter 11 Tracking Your Schedule with Calendar 295

Connected Calendars 296

Glancing at Your Schedule on the Go 303

Using Calendar 305

Working with Appointments and Reminders 309

Configuring Calendar 315

Summary 316

Chapter 12 Getting Work Done on the Go with Office Mobile 317

Introducing the Tiniest Member of the Office Family 318

What You Can—and Can't Do—with Office Mobile 320

Using the Office Hub 322

Accessing Online Documents 341

Configuring Office Mobile 351

Summary 352

Chapter 13 Making Calls and Using Voicemail 353

Configuring Contacts Accounts 354

Making and Receiving Phone Calls 355

Using Voicemail 367

Working with Bluetooth 368

Configuring Phone and Voicemail 370

Summary 375

Chapter 14 Text and Multimedia Messaging 377

Understanding Mobile Messaging 378

Messaging on Windows Phone 380

Configuring Messaging 389

Beyond Messaging 390

Summary 391

Chapter 15 Digging Deeper into Phone Configuration 393

Configuring What Happens When the Phone Is Locked 394

Configuring Sounds 397

Using Windows Phone on an Airplane 399

Configuring Accounts 400

Making Region and Language Configuration Changes 404

Wi-Fi Sync 405

Nuke It from Space and Start Over 407

Summary 409

Chapter 16 PC and Web Integration 411

You Can't Get There from Here 412

Browsing and Buying in the Marketplace 412

Windows Phone on the Web 420

Updating Windows Phone 430

Summary 431

Index 433