I’ve used a Windows Phone now for more than a year and I’ve tried out many different third party apps. I’ve uninstalled lots of apps that weren’t ready for prime time use, and I haven’t installed several apps that sounded interesting, but didn’t offer some core functionality.
Here’s a list of the things I look for in an app before I decided to install it: Continue reading Dear Windows Phone App Developer
Currently, there are only a very limited number of ways to print files that are created on Windows Phone. Many of the options only provide a way to print photographs that were clicked from a windows phone, while others provide some kind of subscription based service where you upload or email a document to the service and the service sends the file to a networked printer.
I recently read a really great article, called “Print Files from any Mobile Phone using Dropbox” on the digital inspiration blog. I modified some of the steps that are laid out in the article to clarify how you’d use this method with a Windows Phone. Continue reading Here’s an easy way to print files you create on your Windows Phone
One of the new features you get with the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 is a way to share videos with others directly from your phone via email or by sharing (uploading) videos to Facebook or SkyDrive. This means you can now post videos to your YouTube account by emailing your videos to a unique YouTube email address!
Before you can upload videos to your YouTube account, you’ll need find out what your unique email address is by logging on to your YouTube account from your desktop computer. Click the down arrows just to the right of your user name (see the upper right hand corner of screenshot below) and click the “Settings” option. Then click “Mobile Setup” under Account Settings to find the unique email address you can use to upload videos to your account. Continue reading Upload videos to YouTube from your Phone
A fundamental difference between the Windows Phone 7 operating system and its older Windows Mobile operating system cousin is the way files are handled on devices. Windows Phone 7 does not expose its file system to the end user, so there isn’t a way for you to browse, sort or manage all the files that are stored on the phone from a single application. Instead each application plays within it’s own “sandbox,” which means each application operates, in many respects, as a stand alone entity within the windows phone operating system infrastructure. The application controls how users interact with its files. It is left to the application developer to provide options to users for retrieving, backing up, renaming, and organizing files and to provide ways for users to share its files via text message or email.
The Adobe Reader software that Adobe developed for Windows Phone 7 is missing some important options. The application does not provide a way to share PDF files that are stored on the phone with anyone else, nor is there a way to copy or back up PDF files from the phone to the web or to a computer.
Continue reading Manage & Share PDF files from Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone devices do not sync contacts and appointments to a local computer via ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center. Instead Windows Phone syncs contact and appointment data directly to web-based services, such as Outlook.com or to an Exchange Server account.
When I switched over from Windows Mobile devices to my first Windows Phone 7 device, I spent some time exploring the Outlook Hotmail Connector as a way to manage my contacts and appointments on my local computer while also providing a way to make the data available for my new Windows Phone 7. In this tutorial I use Outlook 2010 to demonstrate setting up the Outlook Hotmail Connector. The menu settings are similar for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007, but you may have to hunt around for them a bit to find them.
If you’re running Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010 on your computer, you’ll need to install the Outlook Hotmail Connector, which is an Add-in to Outlook before you’ll be able to sync your Outlook data to an Outlook.com, Live.com, or Hotmail.com account (all these accounts are now referred to as an Outlook.com account) and on to a Windows Phone. Continue reading Use the Outlook Hotmail Connector*
If you sync your contacts and appointments from the desktop version of Outlook 2010 (or earlier versions of Outlook) to your online Outlook.com (Microsoft) account, and then sync this information to your Windows Phone, you’ll probably notice that any pictures that were included with your Outlook contacts did not sync to your Outlook.com account or to your Windows Phone.
Outlook.com stores photos with contacts, but the only contacts you’ll see in the Outlook.com People hub with photos are your Live Messenger contacts who have posted a picture of themselves to their Messenger profile. You can’t edit those pictures and you can’t add your own pictures to those contacts.
You’ll need to manually add the photographs to your contacts on the phone.
Continue reading How to restore contact pictures to your windows phone
There is no task application on Windows Phone 7 and so there’s no way to sync tasks from Outlook 2010 (or earlier versions of Outlook) to WP7. Windows Live (which is now known as Outlook.com) includes a task option that is buried within the Calendar hub, which is still quite limited.
I recently published an article that documents one method you could use to handle your tasks on a windows phone, which you can read here. At the time I also mentioned another method that I was formulating. This method uses a windows live account to manage tasks. It’s a little complicated to set up, but it’s free and integrates nicely with Outlook and the phone’s calendar.
Continue reading Use Windows Live to handle tasks on a Windows Phone
Windows Phone 7 does not include a tasks application and there’s no way to sync Outlook tasks to the device. Even if there were a way to sync tasks, there’s no place to store them once they get there. This to me is one of the greatest deficiencies of windows phone.
A few years ago I signed up for a free “Remember the Milk” (RTM) account. At the time I didn’t have a prevailing reason to move my tasks to the cloud and there was no windows mobile support for RTM, so I didn’t seriously consider using it.
But now with windows phone 7, I had a strong incentive to find a different way to work with tasks on my phone, so I rummaged around and found my RTM login credentials and took another look at this well known, well regarded, cloud-based tasks application. I figured I could at least have access to my tasks through RTM’s mobile website.
Continue reading Manage Your Tasks on a Windows Phone with Remember The Milk