Windows Phone 8.1 on the horizon

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?

Read the whole article at the Windows Phone Blog:

Cortana (yes!) and Many, Many Other Great Features coming in Windows Phone 8.1.

Scan to OneNote with Office Lens for Windows Phone

Onenote, Microsoft’s answer to Evernote has come a long way and as it recently has been even released to all major platforms free of charge (www.onenote.com)

The Office lens is an extension you can use to capture notes and it trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote.

Or how Microsoft advertises it:

Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Never miss notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Don’t lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

 

Windows Phone Store – Office Lens

 

Install Android apps on your BlackBerry OS10 device using the Amazon Appstore

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.

To download the Amazon appstore open the following URL on your BB 10 device and go to: http://www.amazon.com/getappstore (Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/getappstore).

Follow the instructions and Bob is your uncle.

Happy Apping!

 

Training : Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

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.

Follow the training at:

Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

How to stream videos to non-certified DLNA devices using 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

  1. Start regedit on your device
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
  3. Create a new key called “PlayTo” (without quotes)
  4. Right click on the PlayTo key and create a new DWORD value and name that “ShowNonCertifiedDevices” and give it a value of 1 
  5. 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.

Happy streaming!

Why Windows 8(.1) is actually nice to use

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….

6 ways to clear some space on your “Windows Phone 8” device

 

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.

One of the quirks is the way WP8 is the way it handles it’s internal storage space. A lot of users have complained about the fact that when you are looking at your storage usage there will be category defined as “Other”. This category can eat up quite a big chunk of your internal storage space. There is some speculation that the “Other” category is some sort of caching directory in which space will be reserved for updates and temporary storage for certain installed apps.

 

 

 

There are several ways to clear up storage space but it isn’t a guarantee that they all will work for your configuration:

 

Do you have any tips on how to clear storage space on your WP8 device? Leave a comment below

 

 

Clear up your caches to free some space on your Windows Phone 8 device

By clearing up your history of Internet explorer and the caches which are used by Maps you will be able to win some of precious storage back on your Windows Phone 8 device.

How to clear your Internet Explorer history:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings”
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Microsoft: Tips for Internet Explorer on your WP8 device

How to clear your maps cache, it’s the same as for Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Maps
  2. Tap on “more”
  3. Tap on “Settings
  4. Tap on “Delete History” and acknowledge the the message

Install WP8 apps directly from the SD card

 

Installing apps directly from your SD card will prevent storage from being used in the “Other” category.

Instructions for installing apps from the SD card:

  1. Go to the Windows Phone app store
  2. Locate the app you would like to buy and scroll down to the bottom of the page
  3. Click on “Download and install manually
  4. Save this .XAP file to a location which you prefer
  5. Copy the .XAP file to your phone’s SD Card
  6. Open the “Store” app
  7. Click on “SD Card” and press on the title of the app which you would like to install.