Frustration with the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft have released the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8, and it looks great – many more features than the 2010 version, including voice and video calling. However, when I try to login to my account on Office 365 it tells me that “You can’t sign in with this version of Lync. Please install Lync 2010.” That’s unfortunate and somewhat unexpected, partly because I’m happily using the Lync 2013 desktop client on my Windows 8 desktop, but more so because the app description in the Windows Phone Store gives no real indication that it wouldn’t work. What it does … Continue reading Frustration with the Lync 2013 client for Windows Phone 8

HTC Windows Phone 8X – Early Impressions

Last week I upgraded from a Nokia Lumia 800 running Windows Phone 7.5 to the HTC Windows Phone 8X running Windows Phone 8. I’m not going to write a full review of the hardware or the OS, but I am going to brain-dump some initial thoughts on them both.  The Pros: Great screen – increased resolution really helps. Very responsive. Much better performance than Windows Phone 7. Could be the hardware or the OS, probably both. Changes to the home screen are good – I’m very happy with the increased data density. Camera is very decent (I don’t need it to … Continue reading HTC Windows Phone 8X – Early Impressions

OneNote is now everywhere*

If you use Microsoft Office and you aren’t a OneNote user, you need to go right now and see how excellent it is, then come back. Are you back? Good. Right, now that you’ve seen how good it can be on the desktop, just think how good it would be if you could have your OneNote notebooks with you anywhere, synced via the cloud to your smartphone or tablet, and even accessible and editable in a web browser… Well if you make sure that you actually store your OneNote notebooks on a free SkyDrive account then you could already sync … Continue reading OneNote is now everywhere*

Pre-NoDo WinPho Update Woe

After complaints about the lack of updates to Windows Phone 7, the first feature update, codenamed NoDo is practially upon us (after being delayed, obviously). NoDo brings performance improvements and everyone’s favourite smartphone feature – copy and paste. It seems that Windows Phone 7 made it out of the door with some deficiencies in the updating procedure, so we’ve been provided with a pre-upate update to update the updating. Sadly for many owners of Samsung handsets, the pre-NoDo update didn’t work, and a small number of phones were even “bricked” by the update (the “fix” being to go back to … Continue reading Pre-NoDo WinPho Update Woe

Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

In Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, Microsoft outlined what’s coming to Windows Phone 7 in updates for the remainder of 2011. There’s some good stuff there: copy and paste will come along with some performance improvements in the first half of March, followed later in the year by some 3rd party multi-tasking, Twitter integration in the People Hub, enhanced support for SkyDrive in Office, and a mobile version of IE9, supporting HTML5 and utilising hardware accelleration via the GPU. It all sounds very positive, but what is still missing? In fairness, they did say that this … Continue reading Windows Phone 7: What will still be missing at the end of 2011?

Last.fm: free on WP7 or not?

Over the last day or so, lots of blogs covering Windows Phone 7 and other mobile devices/gadgets, including big-hitters like Engadget, Boy Genius Report, Wired and Pocket-Lint have been reporting Last.fm’s announcement that they’re bringing free streaming to an end on all platforms other than the web and Windows desktop client, with the exception on Xbox360 and Windows Phone 7. That seems to be diametrically opposed to the email message that Last.fm sent direct to me and other users of their WP7 app, which was: From February 15 you will need to be a subscriber to listen to Last.fm Radio … Continue reading Last.fm: free on WP7 or not?

Podcast apps on Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 has native support for audio and video podcasts, and frankly it would totally remove the need for 3rd party podcast client apps if it didn’t require new episodes to be downloaded via the Zune software on a PC and synched to the phone. Microsoft know that people want to be able to access podcasts over the air (it has been mentioned on the Windows Phone podcast that they are looking at it as a possible future development), but until they do something about it, there is a market for app developers to do something to alleviate the … Continue reading Podcast apps on Windows Phone 7

Act now to catch Amazon’s 12 Days of Kindle

I don’t own Amazon’s best selling Kindle device (although I’d be happy to own one), but I do have the Kindle app on Windows, Android and Windows Phone 7. I’ve downloaded a handful of free titles of classic literature and a couple of full prices ebooks. Having just installed the newly released app on Windows Phone 7* today, I had another look at the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.uk and was glad that I did because they’re currently running a promotion with a selection of Kindle editions for only a pound each. I picked up five. The promotion only runs until … Continue reading Act now to catch Amazon’s 12 Days of Kindle

How to open your existing OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone 7

One of the great draws of Windows Phone 7 for me, and the many folks who have embedded all of their thoughts, memories, meeting notes and other titbits of information in OneNote, is the fact that OneNote Mobile can sync with notebooks on SkyDrive or SharePoint. To be honest, there was a distinct shortage of information about what the exact capabilities of OneNote on Windows Phone 7 were ahead of launch, but I was hoping that Microsoft had done the right thing. Initially I wasn’t sure that they had… In order to get you started, OneNote Mobile will create a … Continue reading How to open your existing OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone 7

Open, Closed, Fragmented – Fun and Games in the Mobile Space

This week Apple CEO, Steve Jobs – you know, the guy famous for sending brand new iPods to the rescued Chilean miners – took advantage of having an audience for their quarterly earnings call to have a good dig at Google and their Android OS. I’ve been an Android user in a love/hate relationship with Android for a while, but I’ve also had plenty experience with iOS and I’ve been keeping a very close eye on the development of Windows Phone 7. I’ve been meaning to do an opinion piece for a while on the state of the mobile market, … Continue reading Open, Closed, Fragmented – Fun and Games in the Mobile Space