When you turn on a brand new Windows Phone for the first time, you will be prompted to create a Microsoft Account on it. [See the article entitled, “What is a Microsoft Account?” to learn about the fundamental ways that the Microsoft Account is used on a windows phone.]
If you already have a Microsoft-related account that you use, you don’t need to create a new account. You can use the username (which is an email address) and password of your preferred Microsoft-related account when you create the Microsoft Account on the phone.
When you create the Microsoft Account on the phone, you may notice that the only data that can be selected to sync under the “Content to sync” heading is Email, but if you set up a secondary hotmail.com, live.com, or outlook.com account on the phone, you will find options to sync Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks under the “Content to sync” heading.
Most modern cell phones provide a way to send and receive short text messages via SMS (Short Message Service) and to send and receive short text messages with attached photos, videos and music via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
SMS (Short Message Service) is used to send text only messages
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is used to send text messages that include attached files (music, pictures, videos).
If the phone’s MMS APN (access point network) settings are not correctly configured for your cellular provider, you might still be able to send and receive SMS messages (text only) on the phone, but you won’t be able to send or receive) MMS messages on the phone.
OneReader by PompolutZ is a free PDF Reader app that can be installed on any Windows Phone 8. One of its unique features is that, unlike the Adobe PDF Reader or Microsoft’s PDF Reader apps, PompolutZ’s OneReader allows you to share the actual PDF files that are stored within its file system (also referred to as its “sandbox”) as email attachments sent from the phone or by transferring the file to another device via Bluetooth connection. Continue reading →
Pairing a Windows Phone to another Bluetooth enabled device is pretty easy to do, but you might be disappointed when you do it. When I got my first Windows Phone – a Samsung Focus (WP7) – one of the first things I tried to do was pair it with my Bluetooth keyboard. The phone paired just fine, but nothing I typed on my keyboard showed up on my phone. After researching the problem I realized that the phone was missing the HID profile, which it needed to know what to do with the keyboard after the pairing was achieved!
Bluetooth profiles possess the “capabilities” that enable a Bluetooth connected device to interpret and act on the commands received from another Bluetooth connected device. In order for the Bluetooth radio in a receiving device to translate and act on the commands sent from another Bluetooth device, it must possess a compatible profile as the sending device.
The Samsung Focus does not include the Bluetooth HID profile (Human Interface Device) that would enable it to connect to and use external devices like mice or keyboards…..and unfortunately even today the latest Windows Phone 8.1 devices do not include this profile so I still can’t use my bluetooth keyboard with my phone.
Windows Phone 8 uses Hubs and application sandboxes to store and access user files. You can browse and access the files that are stored on the phone by accessing the hub or app that is used to view and work with the file. Files that are stored on a phone must be associated with a Windows Phone app (native or third party) and files are stored in the associated [opening] app’s hub or “sand box.”
Windows Phone 8 can receive and store files that are shared with it from another Bluetooth connected device. Bluetooth shared files are stored in one of the hubs on the phone or in a compatible app’s sandbox.
Receiving Shared Files via Bluetooth
When a Bluetooth-enabled device shares a file with your Windows Phone, you’ll be prompted to “accept” or “ignore” it (in this example, my laptop which is named AVALON48 is sharing a file with my Nokia Lumia 920).
I finally got some time to spend exploring all the goodness that the Files app brings to the phone. As you can see from the screenshot below, we can now access the various types of files we store on a phone in a way that is similar to a File Explorer. Instead of opening up the Office Hub to browse and share the Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other files that are stored there, we can find them via the Files app in the Documents folder; Music and audio files are stored in the Music folder, Photos and Videos are stored in the Pictures folder, etc. The Files app also gives us access to a Downloads folder and a Ringtones folder.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud-based data repository and every Microsoft account includes a minimum of 15 GB of free OneDrive space. You can manually upload files to your OneDrive space or you can install Microsoft’s OneDrive app on your Mac, Windows computer, laptop, tablet or phone and sync files between your online OneDrive space and all your devices (there are compatible apps for Windows-, Android- and iOS-based devices).
Your OneDrive space can be your own private data repository or you can use it to collaborate with your friends, family members, clubs, groups, coworkers, or customers by sharing your OneDrive folders and files with other people. When you share folders or files with others, you also set permissions that define how the shared files can be accessed by others. You can grant permission to others to only view the files or you can grant permission to view and edit the files.