You can use your Outlook.com account as a data repository for contacts, calendars and tasks and easily sync this data to all your connected devices, including phones, desktop computers, laptops, tablets.
Sync Data Between Windows Phone and Outlook.com
When you create a Microsoft account on a Windows Phone, any contacts, appointments, or tasks that are stored in the related Outlook.com account (which is a part of the Microsoft account) will be synced to the phone and any edits to existing data or new contacts, appointments or tasks that you create on the phone will be synced to the Microsoft account.
Windows Phone does not sync Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks directly with a computer, laptop or tablet, but if you use a desktop version of Outlook, Windows Live Essentials, or the Mail, Calendar and People app, you can set the desktop software up to sync this data to the computer.
Data can also be synced between a computer and outlook.com
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When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the calendar that is included with the account, along with any related email, contacts, and tasks.
If you don’t want to sync the calendar at all (so appointments are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would remove the checkmark in the box next to “Calendar” under the “Content to sync” heading.
Calendars (and their related appointments and events) that are synced to a phone are stored on the phone, but they can be hidden from view in the Calendar hub via the phone’s calendar filter settings.
This article describes how you can toggle the calendar filters on and off.
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When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the contacts that are included with the account, along with any related email, calendar, and tasks.
If you don’t want to sync the contacts at all (so contacts are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would edit the account in the email + account settings to remove the checkmark in the box next to “Contacts” under the “Contact to sync” heading.
Contacts that are synced to a phone can be hidden from view in the People hub via the phone’s People hub filter settings.
This article describes how you can toggle the contact filter on and off.
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When you turn on a brand new Windows Phone for the first time, you will be prompted to create a Microsoft Account on it. [See the article entitled, “What is a Microsoft Account?” to learn about the fundamental ways that the Microsoft Account is used on a windows phone.]
If you already have a Microsoft-related account that you use, you don’t need to create a new account. You can use the username (which is an email address) and password of your preferred Microsoft-related account when you create the Microsoft Account on the phone.
When you create the Microsoft Account on the phone, you may notice that the only data that can be selected to sync under the “Content to sync” heading is Email, but if you set up a secondary hotmail.com, live.com, or outlook.com account on the phone, you will find options to sync Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks under the “Content to sync” heading.
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You can view and work with Office 2013 files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) from your Windows Phone by opening up the Office Hub on the phone.
The Office Hub “places” screen is where you can access the folders and documents that are stored on your phone, any email attachments received to your Microsoft email account that you’ve opened on the phone, and all the folders and documents that are stored on your OneDrive or Office 365 (sometimes referred to as sharepoint) accounts.
When you access the OneDrive place through the Office Hub, you will also be able to access any folders and files that have been shared with your OneDrive account from another OneDrive account.
The Office Hub “recent” screen, which you can view by swiping over to the right is where you can create new documents and search for documents that are stored on the phone, as an opened email attachment, on your OneDrive or Office 365 account or across all four places.
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Pairing a Windows Phone to another Bluetooth enabled device is pretty easy to do, but you might be disappointed when you do it. When I got my first Windows Phone – a Samsung Focus (WP7) – one of the first things I tried to do was pair it with my Bluetooth keyboard. The phone paired just fine, but nothing I typed on my keyboard showed up on my phone. After researching the problem I realized that the phone was missing the HID profile, which it needed to know what to do with the keyboard after the pairing was achieved!
Bluetooth profiles possess the “capabilities” that enable a Bluetooth connected device to interpret and act on the commands received from another Bluetooth connected device. In order for the Bluetooth radio in a receiving device to translate and act on the commands sent from another Bluetooth device, it must possess a compatible profile as the sending device.
The Samsung Focus does not include the Bluetooth HID profile (Human Interface Device) that would enable it to connect to and use external devices like mice or keyboards…..and unfortunately even today the latest Windows Phone 8.1 devices do not include this profile so I still can’t use my bluetooth keyboard with my phone.
(Click this link to review a wikipedia article for a more comprehensive description of bluetooth profiles and their related capabilities).
In this article I’ve provided a list of the Bluetooth Profiles that are supported on Windows Phone, and I’ve demonstrated how to pair and unpair a Windows Phone with another Bluetooth enabled device.
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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud-based data repository and every Microsoft account includes a minimum of 15 GB of free OneDrive space. You can manually upload files to your OneDrive space or you can install Microsoft’s OneDrive app on your Mac, Windows computer, laptop, tablet or phone and sync files between your online OneDrive space and all your devices (there are compatible apps for Windows-, Android- and iOS-based devices).
Your OneDrive space can be your own private data repository or you can use it to collaborate with your friends, family members, clubs, groups, coworkers, or customers by sharing your OneDrive folders and files with other people. When you share folders or files with others, you also set permissions that define how the shared files can be accessed by others. You can grant permission to others to only view the files or you can grant permission to view and edit the files.
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Enabling two step verification on your Microsoft Account creates a password recovery code that you’ll need to use if you ever need to recover your Microsoft Account password. Enabling two step verification on your account will also require you to change the password that you use on your phone to a unique security code, also referred to as an app password. You will no longer be able to use the password that you use to log into your account on a computer as the password on your phone (or some of your other devices).
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Using a different Microsoft account on a Windows Phone is not desirable for the following reasons:
The only way to switch to a different Microsoft Account on a Windows Phone is by hard resetting the phone and setting it up again under the different Microsoft Account. A hard reset wipes all your user files and data from the phone, including:
- All Contacts and related contact history
- All Calendar items
- Any paid or free apps
- Text messages
- Sent & received email
- Any PDF files that are stored on the phone
- All Office-related documents that are stored on the phone
- Pictures (camera roll and albums)
- All user-defined accounts & settings (email accounts, wifi settings, bluetooth connections
Much of this data is synced between the phone and its related Microsoft Account, so a hard reset won’t permanently delete it since the data is stored on the Microsoft Account. But setting a phone up under a different Microsoft account means you:
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Your Microsoft Account is essentially your personal key that opens the door to a myriad of Microsoft’s connected services.
When you create a username and login to gain access to any of Microsoft websites, forums or internet marketplaces, such as the Microsoft Community Answers forum or the Windows Marketplace, you have just created a Microsoft account, and that Microsoft account login & password opens up your computer’s and phone’s access to these connected services.
I’m not going to try to describe all the ins and outs of a Microsoft account in this article – that would take a book! No, the best I can hope to do in this article is leave you with a basic understanding of what a Microsoft account is and why you need one to get the most from your Windows Phone. Of course, you can use the phone without setting up a Microsoft Account on it, but to get the best functionality out of your phone you’ll need to set up a Microsoft Account on it to take advantage of all these connected services.
So, What is a Microsoft Account?
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