- 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: 12 customer reviews
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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.
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Top customer reviews
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.
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.
Since this book was published, WP7 has already gone through a minor update ("NoDo"); a much bigger system update ("Mango") is pending, with the prospects of being released toward the end of 2011. Since the new features mostly involve extensions of capability rather than replacements, this book will remain informative about basic design and use concepts. But a simpler and shorter user guide would probably tell new users what they need to know.
I got a WP7 phone in November of 2010, about a month after the OS was released. It's not a bad system to use, but there is a kind of "idiot-proofed" feel to it that is a little annoying. One of the things that I liked about Symbian phones, of which I had several, is the capacity to add system editing apps that let you tinker with them. Unless you are a registered developer, WP7 is pretty much a black box to users.
Nonetheless, I like the OS, and despite this book's length and tendency to oversell the OS, I like it too. I'm not sure that WP7 and its successors will triumph in the phone OS marketplace, but they should be able to carve out and keep a 10% share. On a crowded and linked-up planet, that is still tens of millions of phones.
And price of the book ... Why you do this to me? Microsoft/AT&T/Nokia et al should do something if they did'nt compensate yet. My humble opinion the Book worths more than original Price $39.99 USD.
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.