Posted by: kurtsh | April 28, 2014

INFO: Windows Phone 8.1 Links, Tips & Tricks

imageHere’s a few things to keep in mind as you explore Windows Phone 8.1:

Annnnd I also found this list of tips that might be useful for those of you that are just now getting interested in Windows Phone 8.1.

// Update

Q: How can I update my Windows Phone to 8.1 now?
A: Visit the App Studio site and register with your Microsoft Account details. Once that’s done, download the Preview for Developers app  from the Store. Once installed, open the app, sign in with the same Microsoft Account credentials and tick the ‘Enable Preview for Developers’ box. Then go to Setting > Phone Update > Check for Updates.
Q: What’s new on Windows Phone 8.1?
A: Look here to get started, continue here, and then look here if you want to go deep.

 

// Where did it go?

Q: Where did podcasts go?
A: Look for the dedicated Podcasts app on your phone.
Q: Where did Vision search go? (QR Code scanning)
A: Start the camera, select lenses and look for the Bing Vision lens.
Q: Where did Bing Music search go?
A: In Cortana, tap on the music note icon on the top right corner.
Q: Where did Background Apps go?
A: Look for the Battery Saver app or in settings.
Q: Where did the comma go?
A: You can bring it back by going to Settings > Keyboard > Advanced > Enable the option to "Show a comma key when available".
Q: Where did the screenshot button combo go?
A: Press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time.

 

// Cortana

Q: What is Cortana?
A: Cortana is a personal smartphone assistant powered by Bing. She replaces the Search functionality from previous versions of Windows Phone.
Q: How do I bring up Cortana?
A: Just press the Search button on your phone.
Q: I don’t see Cortana? And Search just looks like a Bing page?
A: If Cortana isn’t in the list of applications or on the Home screen, chances are she’s not available for your region yet. If you’re happy to experiment, in Settings, you can add the United States Language and Region, and Cortana should appear.

 

// Music and Video

Q: Where are my podcasts?
A: The podcasts have moved from the Xbox Music app into a separate app named Podcasts.
Q: What happened to Bing Music search?
A: You can now use Cortana to find out what music you’re currently listening to. Just bring up Cortana by pressing the Search button on your phone and then tap on the music note icon on the top right corner.
Q: What’s new in music?
A: You can now edit playlists directly on the phone. It’s under music>collections>playlists, then press "+" to add a playlist or tap a playlist to add songs to it.

 

// Shortcuts

Q: What’s the new screenshot button combo?
A: The screenshot button combo has changed. Press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time to capture whatever is currently on your screen.

 

// Keyboard

Q: How can I bring back the comma?
A: Settings > Keyboard > Advanced > Enable the option to "Show a comma key when available".

 

// Settings

Q: Where can I manage background tasks?
A: Look for the Battery Saver app or in Settings.
Q: How does project my screen work?
A: http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/2/7/A271EFFF-6C9E-4E9B-9259-0F72FDEDD153/ProjectMyScreenApp.msi

 

// Notifications

Q: How do I acknowledge specific or single notifications in the notification center?
A: Swipe down to get to Notification Center, then swipe right on each notification that you want to acknowledge.


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