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    When I was tapping out "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" over and over again in my elementary school typing class, my backspace button saw some heavy use. Nowadays, autocorrect is there to fix any false taps from my fumbling thumbs. And while autocorrect is a huge help ( most of the time...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Keep better track of favorite bands using Buzz

    When the South by Southwest festival fires up each March, my thoughts turn to music—and the fact that I’ll probably never get to Austin to see any shows. It also reminds me I need to do a better job keeping my antenna up for new music. In theory I’d like to keep track of new and old bands, but somehow...
  • Blog Post: 8 hidden Windows Phone 8 settings you’ll actually use

    OK, so none of these are technically hidden. But I know many people treat the Settings section of their smartphone or PC like terra pericolosa— scary territory worth venturing into only when absolutely necessary. If your travels there have been primarily limited to changing your ringtone or theme...
  • Blog Post: Tips for using Rooms on other phones

    [ This post was written by Lavanya Vasudevan, program manager for the Rooms feature in Windows Phone 8 .] What if someone I want to invite to my new Room doesn’t have Windows Phone 8? It’s a good question, and as program manager for the feature, one I often get. As Juliette wrote in...
  • Blog Post: Video: Tips for using Bing in Windows Phone 8

    If you’ve just picked up a new Windows Phone 8 and want some pointers on how to use some of its new search-related features, check out this video from Bing’s Stefan Weitz, who walks through some of his favorites. The video was first published on the Search Blog this afternoon. &ltA...
  • Blog Post: The science behind the Windows Phone keyboard

    You knew the Windows Phone on-screen keyboard was good—some reviewers even call it the best of any smartphone. But you probably didn’t know just how much brainpower went into it. The keyboard was a collaboration between Windows Phone engineers and scientists at Microsoft Research, which today published...
  • Blog Post: The Wrap: Lumia 900 preorders begin, a Reader’s Choice award win, and new high-calorie handsets

    The Wrap is a digest of useful, interesting, and unapologetically random stuff you might have missed from the world of Windows Phone this week. Have a great weekend—and don’t forget to share your own favorite news of the week in comments. AT&T now taking Nokia Lumia 900 preorders ...
  • Blog Post: New phone? Here’s 50 tips for having fun

    Happy 2012, everybody. If you unwrapped a new Windows Phone for the holiday, we’ve just published a big fat list of great tips and time-savers on the official Windows Phone website you might want to check out. You’ll find shortcuts for clearing inbox clutter, taking and sharing pictures, faster calling...
  • Blog Post: New “Minute of Mango” tips series begins

    Microsoft’s Channel 9 kicked off a new tips & tricks video series for Windows Phone today called “Minute of Mango” that’s fun and worth watching. The series, hosted by the always vivacious Laura Foy, is geared toward anybody looking to save time and do more with Windows Phone 7.5. Check out the first...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: Express yourself with emoji

    Words provide endless ways to tell somebody what you’re thinking or feeling. But sometimes a picture says it all. In the world of smartphones, emoticons—also known by their Japanese name emoji —are one quick and fun way to express yourself in a text message. Turns out Windows Phone 7.5 has a ton of built...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: Miss the photo op? These 2 camera settings can help

    My phone is my camera, so I’m always looking for tricks for taking better photos. One often overlooked place to find them? Settings. Sure, Settings isn’t the sexiest part of Windows Phone. It can even be a little intimidating: I have one buddy who refuses to venture there out of fear he might permanently...
  • Blog Post: Tips for using the new Skype Beta app

    Our friends at Skype have just posted a short tip sheet for the new beta (test) version of their free Skype for Windows Phone app. Check it out on their blog. And if you haven’t snagged the beta yet, download it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace. (It’s already got nearly 200 ratings and 4.5 stars...
  • Blog Post: My 3 favorite tips for Internet Explorer Mobile

    [This is the first in an occasional series of tips and tricks from the engineers who create Windows Phone.-ed] One question I frequently get from people when they learn I work on Windows Phone is, “What’s your favorite feature?” I have many, but since I work specifically on Internet Explorer Mobile,...
  • Blog Post: Weekend project: Create a family calendar

    Who’s picking the kids up? When’s that dinner party? When were you planning to tell me that you’re going on a month-long business trip to Asia? Ah, the family calendar. Except in our case, it was calendars, plural—and therein lay the problem. Our work and personal schedules were scattered across six...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: Extending your phone’s battery life

    One unintended consequence of all the great new features of Windows Phone 7.5 is that I’m using my phone a lot more. And that means I’m burning through my battery a bit faster than I once did. Luckily, there’s a new feature of Mango that can help: Battery Saver. On Start, flick left, then tap Settings>System>Battery...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: How do I reinstall an app?

    [ Today we’re kicking off a weekly tips + tricks column spotlighting some of the fun, handy, and lesser-known new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Love to hear what you think! –ed .] If you’re an app addict like me, it’s easy to lose track of what apps or games you’ve installed over time. But now there...
  • Blog Post: 10 things you didn’t know your Lumia could do

    There’s a new poll out hinting that many people flocking to Windows Phone and handsets like the new Nokia Lumia 900 are former Apple and Android owners. (Can’t say I’m totally surprised.) If you are a proud new Lumia owner—or just new to Windows Phone period—then you’ll probably want to check out the...
  • Blog Post: Looking for great app ideas? Try Marketplace Extra

    Ever have the nagging feeling you’re missing out on some great overlooked app or game in Marketplace? Or maybe Windows Phone is your first smartphone, and you’re a little unsure what to download first.  I think we’ve all felt that way from time to time. That’s why we created Marketplace Extra, a...
  • Blog Post: Out of the Box: 6 tricks for personalizing your Windows Phone

    [‘Tis the season for new smartphones. So today we’re kicking off a new “Out of the Box” series with advice and ideas for new Windows Phone owners. Clip and share it with friends and family members who want to get up and running fast. –ed.] I know: your Windows Phone looked fantastic right out of the...
  • Blog Post: The Wrap: GDGT digs us, Back button secrets, Windows Phone wedding bells

    Finally! The big weekend is here: The Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II both officially go on sale at AT&T starting Sunday. While you’re counting down the last few hours, check out these other highlights from the world of Windows Phone this week. Then drop me a comment and tell me what’s on your mind...
  • Blog Post: Tips for transferring contacts and other stuff to a new Windows Phone

    Picking up a Nokia Lumia 900 or other new Windows Phone soon? You’re probably excited—and maybe also a little apprehensive about how you’ll get contacts, apps, photos, and other precious cargo off your old phone and onto the new one. Fear not. First, remember that the store you buy your Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: Posting to Facebook, hands free

    Whenever I get a chance to show off Windows Phone to a friend, I usually start with speech recognition. It’s always a crowd pleaser, and it’s only gotten better in Windows Phone 7.5 , which lets you compose, listen to, and send text messages with your voice. But did you know you can also use voice-to...
  • Blog Post: Holiday shopping tips and apps for Black Friday and beyond

    Gearing up for the holiday shopping wars? Don’t forget your Windows Phone—an indispensible tool for on-the-spot review and competitive price checks, discount hunting, and more. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and apps for beating the crowds and saving cash. Shop smarter with 7.5 Before I get to...
  • Blog Post: Tip Tuesday: More fun with emoticons

    Last week I told you how to conjure up a bunch of cool emoticons in Windows Phone 7.5. Here’s a bunch more to start playing with when you’re texting friends. ( Miss last week's list? ) By the way, it turns out the world of emoticons is more complex than you might have guessed. Because there isn’t a single...