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Windows Phone 7 Standard Applications and more…

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Windows Phone 7 comes with plenty of standard applications and features some of which I have already mention liked the Windows Live ID integration and Xbox Live if you have an account.

I’ll start by naming the worst application the phone has in my opinion, Internet Explorer. Now Microsoft said a long time ago that IE on the phone would be a mix of IE 6 and 7 made suitable for phone and would be updated over time once IE 9 has been officially launched and integrated into the phone. So I guess we can live with that for now, I just hope we do not have to wait a year.

Other standard applications which live on the start screen are Xbox Live, Zune, and the email accounts. So everything else lives to the right of the start screen as I mentioned in my last post:

  • Alarms
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Games
  • Hotmail
  • Internet Explorer
  • Maps (Bing Maps)
  • Marketplace
  • Messaging
  • Zune music and videos
  • Office
  • Outlook
  • People
  • Phone
  • Pictures
  • Settings

So more then enough to get started.

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October 31st, 2010 at 11:55 am

Windows Phone 7 How does it work?

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Where to start?

As I mentioned in my previous post about the phone you can associate your phone with a Windows Live ID. Having done this all your contacts from Windows live sync via the could to your phone. Now I am not 100% sure that you need a Windows Live ID, though if Android phones are anything to go by needing a Google account to access the Google market place I would guess you do.

As I found out thanks to Paul Thurott on the Windows Weekly podcast, first you need to link services to your Windows Live ID. This can be done via the services link on Windows Live. Linked services are other web sites like WordPress.com, Slideshare and Facebook. Having completed this step, when you sign into your phone the “People” Live Tile fills with the latest updates from which service has the latest.

The People Live Tile where all your contacts reside

The People Live Tile where all your contacts reside

When you tap this Live Tile you go to your contacts where you can see all your contacts information as well as any live updates from theirs and your linked accounts. Also at this part of the people UI you can manually add your contacts which will then be synced to your Windows Live ID and viewable through your Windows Live account on the web.

As with all the smart phones you can also integrate with Microsoft Exchange Web Mail. This populates seamlessly, on the phone importing all your exchange contacts from your online contact list. You can add phone numbers, avatars (pics of your contacts) etc easily as well.

To add your exchange account you can swipe left or tap on the home screen arrow situated on the top right screen to show all the phones applications.

Apps display left to right iPod 4, HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7

Apps display left to right iPod 4, HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7

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October 31st, 2010 at 8:19 am

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7

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As I said in my last post I bought a new HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 from Telstra. Quite a mouth full of a phone name definitely not as easy to say as Nokia, iPhone 4 or Android. After the usual muck around by Telstra’s courier service I had the phone on Thursday night.

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 in the box

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 in the box

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 un boxing

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 un boxing part 1

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 un boxing part 2

HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 un boxing part 2

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October 31st, 2010 at 5:44 am

The problem with smart phones

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Leading up to holidays last Christmas I had a slight dilemma, my 3 year old Nokia phone needed a new battery. My first thoughts were to just go to Wollies and buy another pre-paid Nokia throw in my SIM. Then I thought about it some more and said to myself what about these smart phones? My only previous sighting of smart phones was that of higher executive use or my previous head teacher who had a Windows phone. Thinking back on watching her having to use a stylus on the thing made me think may be not a smart phone. I had only seen a few people using iPhones in the wild and most of those people where known posers not tech savvy types.

After a little Googling the choices were narrowed down, iPhone 3GS, HTC Android or ye old BlackBerry. Having visited the BlackBerry website I was not getting one of those, I simply didn’t like the thing. So the choice narrowed to two.

At this time there was commotion in the tech press about a Google experience phone based on the next iteration of their Android (Linux based) OS. I was full of excitement being bit of a Google fan boy.  I was however let down a few days later when it leaked that the Google phone (soon to be released and known as the Nexus One) was only going to be released in the USA and UK. I was depressed and a little let down, I did not want to buy an Android device which had HTC Sense bloatware on it I wanted the phone the way Google intended.

This left me now with only one choice the iPhone. Now I know @benpaddlejones will jump in here and say “you could buy a Windows Phone 6.5” which he has but I did not want to buy a new phone with a six year old OS.

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October 21st, 2010 at 10:26 am

Adobe Refresh 10 Sydney, Flash is reborn

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Yesterday I went to Darling Harbour for Adobe’s Refresh 10 conference. I was all hyped for a big day.

Signing was my first disappointment, no show bags, and only three stalls on offer, ho hum. The conference got underway with all the presenters showing us one at a time why we enjoyed the Adobe Creative Suite so much with some very OOoo and Aaaah moments. Followed by a demonstration by a design company which has offices in Sydney. The skills were extremely impressive and their work of the highest class on the net.  This was followed by news and demo of Adobe’s newest merger/buyout. Not exactly sure how all this worked or how to explain it, there was a section on tracking revenues from your websites, which was interesting for those in eCommerce. The system worked much like Google Analytics does except that it allowed you to make adjustments to your site on the fly and have some idea as to how many clicks these changes may generate as well as suggested improvements to your revenue stream.

The day after this was sectioned into sequential sessions which you had to choose from on registering for the event a month ago. I chose to go to Extending PDF’s with Flash, AIR with HTML and AJAX/HTML5/CSS3, Multi-target apps, Flash Future technology sneak and Building an iPhone app with Flash CS5. In the opposing sessions they were learning about about Adobe Live Cycle and making forms, collecting data and that boring stuff.

Extending PDF’s with Flash was enjoyable. Having already experimented heavily with this concept this year I still picked up on some interesting pointers especially with alpha transparency swf’s and video over laid on text. There was an interesting section on PDF Portfolios, how they actually work and that the best results come from using the adobe.com service. (does anyone from DETNSW know if we have access to this from the DET Portal?)

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February 24th, 2010 at 8:32 am