* 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.
Maximize the versatile features of Windows 8 on all your devices with help from this hands-on guide. Discover how to customize settings, use the new Start screen and Charms bar, work with gestures on a touchscreen PC, organize and sync data in the cloud, and set up a network. How to Do Everything Windows 8 covers email, video conferencing, web access, peripheral devices, security, and troubleshooting. You’ll also get tips for using the entertainment apps to enjoy music, video, photos, games, and much more.Customize Windows 8, group tiles on the Start screen, pin icons to the taskbar, and change settings Manage and back up your files and sync them to the cloud Share files with a Windows 8 Homegroup Surf the web with both versions of Internet Explorer 10, use tabs, organize favorites, and protect your privacy online Print, scan, and fax with Windows 8 Communicate via built-in apps—Mail and Messaging—and add Skype Connect to social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, using the People app Enjoy the Music and Video apps and the Xbox Music free streaming service and video store View, manage, and share photos with the new Photos app—including your Facebook, Flickr, and SkyDrive photos Use all the built-in Windows 8 apps and get more from the Windows Store Keep Windows 8 running smoothly and securely Troubleshoot problems and reset or recover your PC
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Whether you have an iPad, iPad Air, or an iPad mini, this book will help you discover just what it is that makes the iPad the most coveted tablet on the market. Customize your iPad, and connect with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Access media, games, photos, apps, and more Set up e-mail, get online, and manage social media accounts Troubleshoot issues and avoid a trip to the Apple Genius Bar
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* How to customize your iPhone’s appearance
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* Touch screen basics
* 3D Touch, Peek, and Pop
* Managing your Home screens
* Switching apps and multitasking
* Typing and text tricks
* Siri and its kid brother, Dictation
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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?
Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Windows 8 that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into Windows 8 problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from Windows 8.
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping Windows 8 working just the way you want. Learn how toQuickly master Windows 8’s fluid, colorful interface--and leave yesterday’s Windows behind! Get super-productive fast with the latest touch and mouse techniques Tweak your Start screen to get easy access to tasks you do every day Get up-to-this-instant information with Live Tiles Browse the web with the sleek, streamlined Internet Explorer 10 Use Windows 8’s great built-in apps and get more at the new Windows Store Secure your computer with custom Lock screens, picture passwords, PIN logons, and location privacy Copy, move, and share files through the revamped File Explorer View, organize, and share all your photos on your PC, photo sites, and favorite social media accounts Work with Windows 7 programs through the Windows 8 desktop Keep your files safely backed up and Windows 8 safely updated Improve computer performance with Windows 8’s updated system tools Stream media and share files easily with your PCs, your Xbox 360, tablets, and phones
Fully updated to cover the iPhone 5 and iOS6, the bestselling Rough Guide to the iPhone is the ultimate guide to the definitive gadget of our time. The full color guide shows you how to make the most of the iPhone 5's unique blend of fun and function.
The book covers the basics, such as synchronizing with iCloud, using Facetime, making the most of Siri, and exploring the latest built-in features, including Facebook integration, panoramic photos, and Apple Maps. The guide also unlocks new secrets, such as how to make free international calls, and there's even up-to-date advice on the coolest apps available on the App Store.
Whether your focus is productivity or creativity, The Rough Guide to the iPhone will turn you from an iPhone user into an iPhone guru.