Windows Phone 8.1 is finally coming to a phone near you. After months and months research, beta’s and updates for specific phones the final release is in site. The OS has been formed enough to be released to the public.
New phones will get shipped with the new OS but your existing WP8 device will be updated over the next few months. A video with some of the new updates will be shown in the demonstration below
One of my favourite updates will be the calendar which will look more like a calendar rather than a scribble on a piece of paper with a date on it.
What updates are you expecting to see in this new OS?
Text expanders can help you write phrases you use more than once with the flick of a button. Texter is a tool which is free of charge and can be set up easily. See the instructional videos in the original article below:
I am using the Blackberry Z10 for several months now and I have to honest, it is great! However I am missing of lot of my favorite apps which just aren’t available in the “BB World”. With the latest update you can now install android apps directly from your phone without sideloading them. However with Amazon Appstore you can download (and purchase) apps with a flick of a button and without the pesky “Google services are not running” / “Google service cannot be found” etc. There are ways to get over these messages, but it is just easier doing this via a Google alternative market and without pirating it.
Need help with the transition from Windows XP to Windows 8.1? In this course, Microsoft Technical Lead Kyle Rosenthal walks you through the various challenges of the upgrade, ensuring you a seamless transition to the new Windows 8.1. Get to know the tools that will help you with the move and that can continue to help you as you use Windows 8.1.
With Windows 8.1 on the loose, you are able to stream videos directly to your DLNA clients which looks quite similar to Apple’s Airplay feature. For the purpose of this article I am using with a Jailbroken ATV2 which is running XBMC: Frodo for this article but feel free to try any other DLNA capable client.
If your DLNA client is Windows certifiied you can share straight away, if not you can perform the following registry key changes (on your own risk of course).
I have added the registry key as a download, but feel free to dive into your registry and the key yourself
Start regedit on your device
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Create a new key called “PlayTo” (without quotes)
Right click on the PlayTo key and create a new DWORD value and name that “ShowNonCertifiedDevices” and give it a value of 1
Reboot your machine
If you want to allow this per user basis you can do this by navigating to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ at step 2.
After performing the above you should be able to stream videos from most websites to your device, bare in mind that some videos do not allow streaming to external devices.
You can stream the videos now by going to the IE App and navigate to your favourite video site. Open the charms bar -> Click on Devices -> Play
If It doesn’t show, please ensure the firewall has trusted devices on your network.
I am typing this on the ride to work, on my windows 8 tablet. My notes are getting synced via Skydrive and I will always have an up to date version of all my edits. My game process is saved via my xbox profile and I can happily browse on the couch for my daily dose of cat videos and send news items to my readlater list.
With windows 8 multitasking is working with the custom view snapping, IE works like a charm in tablet mode and sending emails can’t be easier.
All apps available for the windows tablets can also be installed on the desktop and depending per app progress can be saved between the different devices. You still have the convenience to use your “legacy” applications which you use(d) on Windows 7, Vista or even maybe XP.
The native apps are getting there, unfortunately my favorite app Evernote doesn’t work that great between the devices. However Onenote is awesome! If anyone knows a (cloud)service which can sync Evernote to Onenote please drop me a tweet @CarelStarreveld. The more famous apps are coming to the platform and I think these will be arriving shortly
Nothing is perfect
Windows 8 is pretty damn nice however it has it flaws. My main concerns are: sync music wirelessly (to other Windows Phone devices, adaptive volume control (different levels between using headphone jack and regular speakers) and easier ways to connect to Bluetooth devices.
Apart from the above Windows 8 works great, I do understand that people will complain about that it is meant for a touchscreen. And I totally agree with that. During the MS-DOS period when Windows got introduced I bet you a pound that people were complaining about that it only worked if you have a mouse….
Since December 2012 I have been using the HTC 8S and with that I took the plunge into Windows Phone 8 (Windows Phone 8 will be referred to WP8). It is the younger sibling of Windows phone 7 (now on version 7.8). WP8 looks great, but still has a lot of “beta” like feel to it. The majority of the apps aren’t that well developed and some of the basic functions are kind of, flaky.