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Windows Phone 7 Secrets 1st Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470886595
ISBN-10: 0470886595
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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.
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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: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 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: #2,620,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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WP7 is different enough from other phone operating systems that it deserves a manual or guide to explain it to people who feel the need to know what's under the hood, or who perhaps just want a description of its bouncing, sliding, flipping and almost "breathing" screen icons, called tiles. This book is a good one, but it would still have been a good one at half its length, or even less. WP7 was designed for transparency and ease of use, and what's unfamiliar about the operating system is mostly its ease of use and the lively face it presents to the world. The case could be made that a user doesn't even need an instruction manual.

But a lot of users of even simple software want to know what happens under the surface, and this book is for them -- sort of. What the book primarily does is lay out and explain the extraordinary extent to which WP7 integrates a phone with the Microsoft universe of software and internet resources, including Zune media, Xbox gaming, and Office Live including the new MS mail system. Depending on your frame of reference, this may or may not be a good thing. Microsoft thus becomes the e-analog of the old company store, and anything you want to do with your phone comes from Microsoft exclusively. Even if you are willing to pay for everything you add to or do with your phone, the fact is you must pay for it in the Microsoft way -- the Zune Pass, for example. And if you want to do something that Microsoft thinks you don't need to do (like look at your phone's contents with a file editor and move files around on an ad hoc basis), you can't do it at all. Move files between devices? Use Zune.
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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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