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Friday
May102013

Apps + Store 0.2

Here’s a second update to the Apps + Store chapter in Windows Phone book, which will likely be renamed to Store before the next update. This update adds several new sections of content.

As I mentioned in the initial update, there’s still a straggler (and unwritten) section about apps in the front of this chapter that doesn’t seem to be in the right place. After working a bit more on the Store section, I’m almost positive it needs to be moved. I’ll likely add it to Chapter 2, The Windows Phone User Experience. So next time around, this chapter will likely just be called Store.

This update adds the following sections: Launch the Store app, Learn more about an app, Share an app, Make an in-app purchase, Protect purchases with a PIN, and Get app and game suggestions. I will finished up Tour of the Store user experience.

More soon.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Apps + Store 0.2 (9 page PDF, 1.02 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.043 (443 page PDF, 26.6 MB)

Thursday
May092013

Thinking About the Next Chapter, Apps + Store

Here is a very early peek at the next chapter in Windows Phone book, which is preliminarily named App + Store. I’m probably going to make some big structural changes to this one before I get through much more of it.

This chapter started out as “Apps,” though I always intended to cover Windows Phone Store as well. But now, I’m now considering getting rid of the apps coverage and just calling it Store. The preliminary bit about apps that’s in there now just doesn’t feel right, but we’ll see. Perhaps it could go into an introductory chapter.

Certainly, it’s going to change: I’ve been looking for a place to very briefly discuss built-in utilities like Alarms and Calculator, and this isn’t it. I just don’t want to forget.

So…

What we have for now is two not totally related topics, apps and Store. Skipping the apps bit for now since I don’t know what to do with it, I think Store part is pretty well laid out. I’ve only written a few small sections so far, most of the tour section and all of the Install, buy or upgrade an app section. There just isn’t much done yet, sorry.

Feedback, always appreciated. With the understanding that this one is early yet.

Download Apps + Store 0.1 (9 page PDF, 1.02 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.042 (432 page PDF, 25.9 MB)

Sunday
May052013

First Draft of Phone Chapter is Complete

The first draft of the Phone chapter in Windows Phone Book is complete. As you might expect, this chapter focuses exclusively on the Phone app.

Phone 0.3 adds a number of sections, including a short introduction, Understand the Phone app, Call a phone number from elsewhere in Windows Phone, Understand what happens when you ignore or miss a call, or receive a voice mail, Use a Bluetooth headset, and Customize Phone. Some of these sections are new, late additions.

This chapter was very easy to write and I’m glad to put it behind me and move on to the next chapter. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I still need to adjust the headings in the People + Me chapter as well.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Phone 0.3 (31 page PDF, 2.01 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.040 (425 page PDF, 25.6 MB)

Saturday
May042013

Phone 0.2

Here’s the second update to the Phone chapter in Windows Phone Book. This is a significant update that adds several new sections of content.

As I had hoped, this chapter is proving quite a bit simpler and shorter than the previous chapter, People + Me. I should be able to wrap this one up very quickly and keep forging ahead.

The only caveat to that, again, is the “hands free” phone use/Bluetooth section. I’ll save that to the end, but I think it will still be pretty straightforward. We’ll see.

This update includes two new sections, Call a contact with your voice and Place a conference call, both of which are written. And I’ve written the Access your call history and Handle an incoming call sections. So it’s about 75 percent done, I think. I need to write a bit at the beginning, the “hands free” phone use/Bluetooth section, and the section on configuring Phone and related features (like ringtones).

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Phone 0.2 (22 page PDF, 1.58 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.039 (416 page PDF, 25.2 MB)

Friday
May032013

Phone 0.1

Here’s a first peek at the Phone chapter for Windows Phone Book. This first version offers a look at the chapter contents and includes a few finished sections.

Hopefully, this chapter will be more straightforward (and shorter) than the People + Me chapter. So far, that appears to be the case.

I’ve written the sections Understand the Phone app, Manually dial a phone number, Call a contact, and Access your voice mail (which includes several subsections).

The only possible sticking point now involves how deeply to cover “hands free” phone use, with Bluetooth and possibly non-Bluetooth headsets. I guess I’ll figure that out when I get to it.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Phone 0.1 (11 page PDF, 1.13 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.038 (405 page PDF, 24.7 MB)