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Windows Phone 7 Secrets Paperback – November 9, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470886595 ISBN-10: 0470886595 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470886595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470886595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Windows Phone 7 Secrets is the ultimate insider's guide to Microsoft's new smart phone platform. This book will take you deep behind the scenes and tell you not just how it works, but why it works the way it does and how you can overcome the platform's few limitations. You'll benefit from Paul Thurrott's unprecedented early access to the Windows Phone development team and discover tactics, strategies, and secrets for using the new features and functionality of Windows Phone 7 to your advantage. And just as important, you'll find out where Windows Phone falls short, and what you can do about it. Throughout the book, personalized notes and highlights from Paul provide the additional details you need to master Windows Phone 7 and make it your own.

The Insider's Guide to:

  • What to do before you get your Windows Phone
  • Integrating your social networks and online services into a single view
  • Understanding how the Metro user interface works, and why it works the way it does
  • Fully customizing the Windows Phone UI to work the way you want it to
  • Enjoying digital music, photos, videos, and games on the go
  • Browsing the mobile web to find what you need when and where you need it
  • Being productive with e-mail, calendaring, and Office Mobile
  • Utilizing Windows Phone's tremendous phone and messaging capabilities
  • Discovering tons of secrets, tips, and more

The Secrets series reveals:

  • Authoritative information in highlighted areas
  • Exceptional advice in the margin notes
  • Unique insight from years of author experience
  • Rarely revealed tips and techniques
  • Invaluable shortcuts and workarounds
  • Insider TipsExpert advice to help you optimize performance
  • Valuable InsightsEye-opening descriptions of poorly documentedor undocumented features and procedures
  • Unbeatable AdviceReal-world workarounds and little-known tipsand techniques

About the Author

Paul Thurrott runs SuperSite for Windows, a world-renowned Windows-oriented website. He is the author of more than 20 books about technology, a columnist for Windows IT Pro Magazine, and the co-host of the popular Windows Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte.

More About the Author

The author of over 20 books, Paul Thurrott is a technology analyst for Windows IT Pro and the majordomo of the SuperSite for Windows (www.winsupersite.com). He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE (www.windowsitpro.com/email), a daily Windows news and information e-mail newsletter called 'WinInfo Daily News' (www.wininformant.com), and a monthly column called 'Need to Know' in Windows IT Pro Magazine. He also blogs daily via the SuperSite Blog (community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul), posts regularly on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thurrott), and appears weekly in the highly rated and hugely popular Windows Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte (www.twit.tv/ww).

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Yes the book is very thorough but it does sometimes go a bit over the top.
B. Lee
I purchased it about a week before buying the Samsung Focus, and only finished about half the book.
Richard Hug
This book is definitely the much needed owners manual for Windows Phone 7 devices.
David Fram

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Allan Thornton on November 20, 2010
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I recently picked up this book via Kindle and it is a great supplement to my new HTC HD7 phone. Essentially the phone came with only enough info to charge the battery and get you started. The details of the phone just are not explained with that product's documentation.

Thurrott's book is very readable, and very thorough. There are many pictures of critical screens in the book for those that are more visually oriented. In addition to the actual phone software, Thurrott explains the ecosystem of non-phone software that you will want to interface with (for example Zune software).

Windows Phone 7 has very impressive capabilities and if you want to rapidly discover these and utilize them this book is great.

Notes on the Kindle version: I did see some formatting errors in a few places. There were more than I have seen in some other books but not a big deal. The graphics by and large look okay but some are a little hard to make out. I would say these are actually better than average for the Kindle, but a hardcopy would still be a bit better. I intend on buying future tech books in Kindle format as I just don't have the space for large hardcopies and the presentation is perfectly adequate for my uses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Lee on December 29, 2010
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Paul has done it again. Windows Phone 7 (kind of a strange name for a cell phone) is a new platform, but Paul has covered just about everything possible in this book. This book arrived before I got the phone, therefore I had a pretty good understanding of what to expect. Paul's directions covering how to set up the new phone was right on. I had no problems. The book is not under stated nor over the top. It's like sitting in a room with a trusted friend and having them guide you, step-by-step through a learning process. Excellent starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hug on December 28, 2010
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This book is an excellent introduction to Windows Phone 7. I purchased it about a week before buying the Samsung Focus, and only finished about half the book. This was a mistake. I should have read the entire book, prior to making my purchase. It has made my life much easier for the topics I read, and been an good reference for those items which I neglected to read.

It is also not Microsoft centered, it talks about connecting the phone to the world, and not only to the Microsoft environment.

Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on February 17, 2011
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I've had the pleasure to distributing more than a hundred Windows Phone 7 devices (Samsung Focus mostly) to staff at my organization. I also handed out this book to help people maximize the value of this great phone. The praises of the book and phone have been amazing. People are dropping their iPhones, Blackberries and Android phones in favor of the Windows Phone. This book does a great job helping people quickly understand the power of the phone. Compared to other books, this book does a deeper dive into the phone and thinking behind the design. It also does a great job comparing and contrasting it to other popular phones (e.g., iPhone and Android). The phone is so easy to use you would think you don't need a guide, but like any product, a guide like this helps you find the hidden gems that might otherwise go undiscovered. These include neat features, shortcuts and the like. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a deep dive to fully understand their phone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CincyTriGuy on December 26, 2010
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Overall this is a pretty good effort for being the first book of a brand new phone.

A significant portion of the book focuses on the integration of the phone and Windows Live and Zune. And rightly so, as leveraging these services to the fullest extent will help you maximize your experience with Windows Phone 7. If you are new to Windows Live and/or Zune, than I would highly recommend this book. However, if you're a veteran to either or both of these services, than I question how much value you'll get from the book. I don't think you'll learn a great deal of "secrets".

As another reviewer mentioned, there are a LOT of formatting issues with the Kindle version. More than any other Kindle book I've read. It's bad enough to be difficult to read at times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Young on December 23, 2010
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I am getting so much more out of my phone after reading the book. I miss the days when products actually came with owners manuals, well this book is definitely the owners manual for WP7. I can normally start using a product and catch on quick but I learned a lot from the book that made the experience of using the phone that much more fantastic.

It's broken down into sections if you want to go back and review particular features. There was even features I didn't care for on the phone out of the box that I didn't realize could be changed till after reading the book. I can't think of any reason why anyone buying a windows based phone wouldn't want to read this book and especially read chapter one before you do anything to your phone.
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