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Thursday
May302013

The Next Chapter, Security + Networking

Here is a very early peek at the next chapter in Windows Phone book, Security + Networking. This chapter focuses features in Windows Phone 8 such as lock screen PIN, Wallet, Kid’s Corner, Find My Phone, and various networking features.

In its current form, Chapter 17: Security + Networking has only one semi-complete section, about Wallet. (Well, it’s “complete.” Maybe “rough” is a better word.) The other security features I intend to cover include lock screen PIN, Kid’s Corner, and Find My Phone, while the networking topics will include cellular broadband, Data Sense, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Internet sharing, Airplane mode, and international phone use. I suspect more topics will arise as I continue working on the chapter, and if you have any thoughts about what those can/should be, please do let me know.

On that note, feedback is always appreciated, of course.

With the book finally hitting the 500 page mark, I decided to temporarily strip out the chapter placeholders (for chapters 1, 2, and 18) so that this document is representative only of what’s complete. I will of course add them back as those chapters are written.

Download Security + Networking 0.1 (14 page PDF, 1.57 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.053 (499 page PDF, 31.4 MB)

Tuesday
May282013

First Draft of Office + OneNote Chapter is Complete

The first draft of the Office + OneNote chapter in Windows Phone Book is now complete. This chapter focuses on the Office Mobile apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote Mobile.

This is the fifth update to the chapter. New to this version is the OneNote Mobile section as well as a small bit about configuring Office on Windows Phone. OneNote Mobile is a bigger deal, of course, and unlike much of the book I added some cross-reference material about how things look/work in the desktop version of OneNote for comparison purposes, as well as bits about understanding OneNote and navigating the UI.

Feedback is always appreciated.

I’ll probably work on Chapter 17, Security + Networking next, but you never know how things will go.

Download Office + OneNote 0.5 (61 page PDF, 3.78 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.052 (489 page PDF, 30.3 MB)

Sunday
May262013

Office + OneNote 0.4

Here’s a fourth update to the Office + OneNote chapter in Windows Phone book. This update fills in the introductory material, including an overview of the Windows Phone Office hub.

Updates in this chapter include the introductory material as well as the entire Office hub section, which includes bits about Places, Recent, creating new documents, working with documents, and commands that are common between Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile.

The chapter is coming together: One more section is left, about OneNote Mobile. Hopefully I can get that finished quickly early in the week. Given the current page count (44 pages with images), this will likely end up being one of the longer chapters in the book, which makes sense given the content.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Office + OneNote 0.4 (44 page PDF, 2.99 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.051 (473 page PDF, 29.6 MB)

Saturday
May252013

Office + OneNote 0.3

This third update to the Office + OneNote chapter in Windows Phone book focuses on the Excel Mobile app.

Excel Mobile is arguably the most powerful of the Office Mobile apps so there’s a lot to write about. (Indeed, you could write a mini-book about just Excel Mobile functions, though I tried to restrain myself.) This section includes bits about opening and navigating workbooks, selecting cells, switching between sheets, formatting and finding text and numbers, functions, AutoSum, sorting, filters, and charts. A lot of good stuff. (In fact, I’m a bit worried I missed something.)

Unimportant trivia: This represents the 50th update I’ve made to the full book document.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Office + OneNote 0.3 (33 page PDF, 2.43 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.050 (462 page PDF, 29 MB)

Monday
May202013

Office + OneNote 0.2

Here is a second update for the next chapter in Windows Phone book, Office + OneNote. This update includes the section on the Word Mobile app.

As expected, the Word Mobile section was a bit longer than the PowerPoint Mobile section, as it’s a more full-featured mobile app. This section includes bits about opening, viewing, and editing documents, formatting and finding text, and using outline view and comments. The usual suspects.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Office + OneNote 0.2 (19 page PDF, 1.52 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.049 (448 page PDF, 20.3 MB)