* Navigating the Windows Phone 8 interface
* Using audio, video, photos, and other media
* Connecting to the Internet, surfing the Web with Internet Explorer, and searching with Bing
* Getting productive with Windows Phone 8's version of Microsoft Office
* Downloading great apps and games in the Marketplace
* Storing content in the cloud, on SkyDrive
* Social networking via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
* Managing email, IM, contacts, and calendars
* Customizing and troubleshooting Windows Phone 8
Every task is presented step by step, using carefully annotated, full-color screenshots, all numbered so there's no chance of getting lost or confused. Readers needn't wade through paragraphs of theory to get usable help, or to find practical answers. Throughout, the book is packed with helpful tips, tidbits, and quick solutions to the problems users are most likely to encounter. Everything's clearly organized to help readers get started fast, and keep their Windows Phone 8 devices working just the way they want.
Long story short: Windows Phone was—and is—everything that Android and iPhone are not. It provides a wonderful new way of doing things. Oh, and unlike iPhone, it can actually make error-free phone calls too. Bam.
I've certainly had my ups and downs with regards to Microsoft's treatment of this platform. While Windows Phone has emerged during the writing of this book as the clear number three smart phone platform behind Google Android and Apple iPhone but ahead of Blackberry, it has yet to achieve what I consider to be a sustainable level of usage. But the trends are positive. My fingers are crossed.
But I've never wavered in my support of both Windows Phone and the people who use it (or are considering using it). I test new smart phones regularly, and while I've kept up on the advances in Android and in Apple's recent me-too moves with iOS 7, these platforms simply are not interesting to me. Yes, the iPhone was innovative when it arrived in 2007, but that's also when Apple stopped innovating and started protecting their product. Android? That was never innovative. Android is a mess.
Windows Phone isn't just different. Windows Phone is better. And you can tell that's true every time a feature emerges in the competition that copies one from Windows Phone. Social networking integration. Integrated experiences. Beautiful Swiss-influenced design and killer typography. Windows Phone did it all first. Windows Phone still does it better. And it keeps getting better.
Thanks for reading. And thanks for using Windows Phone. You made the right choice.
Coverage includes:How Do I Set Up and Customize My Windows Phone 7 Device? How Do I Get Around My New Windows Phone? How Can I Make Calls and Send Text Messages? How Do I Connect with My Family and Friends? How Can I Set Up and Sync Services to My New Windows Phone? How Do I Connect My Windows Phone to My Computer? How Can I Enjoy Music and Videos on My Windows Phone? How Can I View, Share, and Capture Pictures on My Windows Phone? How Can I Read and Use Email on My Windows Phone? How Do I Get More Organized Using My Windows Phone? How Do I Use GPS Navigation and Mapping on My Windows Phone? How Do I Surf the Internet from My Windows Phone? How Can I Play Games and Connect with Others Using Xbox LIVE on My Windows Phone? How Do I Use Word Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone? How Do I Use Excel Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone? How Do I Use OneNote Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone? How Do I Use PowerPoint Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone? How Do I Use SharePoint Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone? What Other Apps are Loaded and How Do I Get More from the Marketplace? How Do I Manage Settings on My Windows Phone? How Do I Deal with Problems on My Windows Phone?
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