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*

Visual Search for Bing homepage images

I’ve posted here before about my love of the images that are used on the Bing homepage, and how I use them as my desktop wallpaper. I don’t know how long this has been up there, but I’ve just discovered Bing’s Visual Search for their archive of homepage images (340 of them as I write this). It’s a great way to view these fabulous images, so check it out at http://www.bing.com/visualsearch?g=binghp I should also add that I’m using the Bing Pictures Downloader app on Windows Phone 7 to save the images to my phone. Why would I want to do … Continue reading Visual Search for Bing homepage images

Kin

I was in the process of writing a post about Windows Phone 7 and I was going to add a quick side note to say that it hasn’t gone beyond my notice that Microsoft has also announced another line of phones. After it got longer than a quick side note, I thought I’d make a separate post… Although I don’t like the names (Kin One and Kin Two), and I really want a phone that I can make my own by installing 3rd party apps and the like, I’m still quite intrigued by the Kin devices. I could totally see my step-daughter using … Continue reading Kin