The OneDrive app for Windows Phone Provides Some Great Functionality!

wp_ss_20150428_0023 The OneDrive app for Windows Phone allows you to:

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Search for Files On OneDrive for Windows Phone

You can now search for text within files, photos or music that is stored in your OneDrive account quickly and easily via the OneDrive app for Windows Phone

To search for files, photos or music on OneDrive, open up the OneDrive app and tap the search icon found in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Type your search term or word in the space provided (in the screenshot below I am searching for files, photos, or music that include the word “Garden” in them), then tap the return key on the onscreen keyboard.

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OneDrive will return a list of the files it finds that include the search word/term.

 

 

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Create Virtual Photo Albums in the OneDrive app for Windows Phone

The OneDrive app for Windows Phone now lets you create and share photo albums from the photos that you are storing on OneDrive without copying or moving photos from one folder to another.

Create an Album in OneDrive

Open up the OneDrive app, tap ALBUMS. Then tap the “new album” icon on the bottom of the screen.

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Access Multiple Accounts via the OneDrive App for Windows Phone

If you’re like me and you use several different OneDrive accounts, you can now access all the files in your multiple OneDrive accounts on your phone by adding all your accounts on the OneDrive App.

Open up the OneDrive App > tap the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen. Then tap the “Add Account” button (you can see in the screenshot below that I currently have two different OneDrive accounts set up to use on the phone).

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Input an email address for your next account in the space provided and tap the blue Next button. Then input the password for the next OneDrive account in the space provided and tap the blue Sign in button.

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The OneDrive app will now be signed into that account and you can view and work with the files and folders in the newly added account. You can toggle between the various accounts that you’ve set up in the OneDrive app by opening the app, then tapping the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen to get to the accounts screen. The screenshot below now shows the three accounts that are set up on my phone.

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Add a PIN Code to the OneDrive App for Windows Phone

You can now add a 4-digit PIN Code to the OneDrive app to prevent people from using the app to view, edit or delete your files.

Open up the OneDrive App > tap the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen. Then tap Settings (found on the bottom of the screen) > Options.

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Tap PIN (to turn the option ON), then enter your 4-digit PIN in the spaces provided.

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Now when you open up the OneDrive app, you’ll be prompted to input your 4-digit PIN before you can gain any access to the files.

Don’t feel too secure with this 4-digit PIN through since it only applies to the OneDrive app.  Anyone who uses your phone can still gain access to your files via the Office app (which provides access to all your documents on OneDrive) or the Photo hub (which provides access to any photos that have been uploaded or stored on OneDrive).

I tweeted this deficiency out on Twitter, to which I received the following reply from  @onedrive:

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OneReader by PompolutZ Lets you Share PDF files

OneReader by PompolutZ is a free PDF Reader app that can be installed on any Windows Phone 8.  One of its unique features is that, unlike the Adobe PDF Reader or Microsoft’s PDF Reader apps, PompolutZ’s OneReader allows you to share the actual PDF files that are stored within its file system (also referred to as its “sandbox”) as email attachments sent from the phone or by transferring the file to another device via Bluetooth connection. Continue reading OneReader by PompolutZ Lets you Share PDF files

The Files App Finally Gives Windows Phone 8.1 a File Explorer

Microsoft published a “Files” app to the Marketplace around the end of May that is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 only.  The Files app enhances the phone’s functionality by providing the phone with File Explorer type access to user files.

I finally got some time to spend exploring all the goodness that the Files app brings to the phone. As you can see from the screenshot below, we can now access the various types of files we store on a phone in a way that is similar to a File Explorer. Instead of opening up the Office Hub to browse and share the Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other files that are stored there, we can find them via the Files app in the Documents folder; Music and audio files are stored in the Music folder, Photos and Videos are stored in the Pictures folder, etc. The Files app also gives us access to a Downloads folder and a Ringtones folder.

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Do You Need to Install Anti-Virus Software on Your Windows Phone?

I’m not concerned about viruses, malware or spyware invading my Windows Phone, and I don’t think you need to be concerned about them either for several reasons:

    1. The Windows Phone population is quite small. The people that write viruses hope to get the biggest bang for the smallest buck, so most of these folks probably aren’t interested in dinking around with such a small Windows Phone population and would most likely apply their talents elsewhere. But even if someone decided to write a virus to run on Windows Phone, it would be really difficult to actually install it to a phone.
    2. The only apps you can install to a Windows Phone are the apps found in the Windows Phone Marketplace.  All apps in the Marketplace have been reviewed and approved by Microsoft, so the likelihood of a developer sneaking a virus, malware or spyware on an app is pretty small
    3. Any app-related or app-created data is stored within the app’s exclusive file system which is partitioned off into its own “sandbox” – which is distinctly separate from the phone’s other app and system files. A third party app can only play within its own “sandbox,” so there isn’t a way for a third party app’s activity to invade the phone’s other app or system files. Even if an app managed to sneak some kind of nefarious virus/malware/spyware code onto a phone, the bad code would only be able to wreak havoc in the app’s own sandbox….what fun would that be
    4. Windows Phones run a distinctly different operating system than a Windows computer so the viruses/malware/spyware that affect computers won’t affect Windows Phones. Even if you managed to download some infected file from the internet, it wouldn’t run in the windows phone environment.
    5. There have been no confirmed instances of a destructive virus infecting a Windows Phone.

Over the years, there have been some “proof of concept” attempts by hackers to breach Windows Phones app sandbox security or to “jail break” the phone (much in the same fashion as Android devices), but none of these attempts have gained much traction before Microsoft closed the hole that was used by the hack.

Every now and then I’ll read about some rumored Windows Phone viruses/malware/spyware, but so far none of these rumors have ever materialized into any kind of real threat.  To date, there has not been any confirmed report of a viable virus, malware or spyware attack against Windows Phone.

You won’t find any antivirus apps in the Windows Phone marketplace.  But even if such an app existed, I wouldn’t install it to my phone…..The nature of antivirus software is to run continuously in the background, so installing and running antivirus software on a Windows Phone would most likely degrade the phone’s performance.  The use of such an app for a perceived threat that has yet to materialize just seems like overkill.

Installing antivirus software on a computer or a mobile device often gives a false sense of security and these common sense guidelines prevail:

  • Selecting questionable links in email messages, on websites, etc. should be avoided
  • Accessing any sensitive sites from any kind of device via a free wifi hotspot should be avoided.
    • The practice of jail breaking or side loading applications should be avoided (this practice is not possible on windows phone at this time).
  • Back up your computers and devices regularly. Then if your devices ever start acting strange, you can recover them by perform a factory reset and restoring your backed up data to them, thereby minimizing the loss of data when doing so.

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Get Windows Mobile Applications Here

windowsmobile Microsoft closed down its Marketplace for Windows Mobile devices on May 9, 2012 and the Windows Mobile OS has been  discontinued. Many developers who used to create windows mobile software have moved on to support and develop for more modern mobile platforms and the pool of Windows Mobile apps is getting smaller and smaller every day.

But you can still find software for a Windows Mobile device at some websites.

Links to Third Party Websites

These third party websites still sell and distribute Windows Mobile software:

Links to useful Windows Mobile software that you can get

Here are some links to some windows mobile software that you might find useful:

Link Description Free Paid
Adobe Reader 2.0 Adobe PDF Reader for Pocket PC – download CAB file from my OneDrive folder. The name of the file is arceARMen_usr.PPC_2577.CAB – Click the file to download. x
CoPilot Live 8 GPS Navigational software x
Office Mobile 2010 Official version. Can be installed on WM6.5 devices x
Office Mobile 2010 Unofficial version. x
PIM Backup Backs up contacts, appointments, tasks, messages, call history. x
SKTools Maintenance utility software x
Spb Software x
Total Commander File Explorer x

You won’t find Windows Mobile Software for Some Popular Apps

Many popular apps that you might want to use on a windows mobile device just are not available for this platform either because the developer discontinued them or, as is the case with many newer services, the developers of these services never created a version of their software to run on Windows Mobile devices. Some popular apps that are NOT available for windows mobile devices include:

I’ll try to keep this article updated to keep it relevant, and I’ll add more software links as I become aware of them. You’ll find my most up-to-date set of relevant links on my Delicious bookmarking service page – relevant links will have the #Windows Mobile tag.

Please share links to Windows Mobile software in the comments below.

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