LinkedIn for Windows Phone 7

LinkedInFinally LinkedIn have released their Windows Phone 7 (WP7)app and in the short time I have been using it, I can say it is really polished and fluid application. I have read some reviews of the iPhone version vs the WP7 version and users that have tried both out are coming down in favour of he WP7 version.

Having used both myself I can totally agree with them, in that the WP7 is a lot better laid out as well as some great functionality, like the Metro UI Live Tiles.

“LinkedIn for Windows Phone makes it easy to get on-the-go access to your professional network and all the rich LinkedIn insights to help you be great at what you do. You can find and connect with millions of professionals worldwide, quickly access a real-time update stream with news and information from your professional connections, read timely news impacting your industry, keep up-to-date with your professional groups, search for jobs, and follow your favorite companies’ news.”

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The WP7 version also offers a few things the iOS version does not in that you have listings for Companies and Jobs, the companies option will be useful for many I would imagine as social networking is what LinkedIn is all about.

Overall in the short time I have used this new app, I have found it to be a great first release and hope for more functions in later releases.

Do please let me know your thoughts on the Windows Phone version vs the iOS version if you have used both?

Read the full LinkedIn blog post HERE

SkyDrive vs XXX a Comparison Chart

SkyDriveThis is a nice and interesting comparison chart, albeit produced by Microsoft so will be geared towards their product SkyDrive, but they do have to be accurate so its a good gauge of what you are getting with the various “cloud” storage services around.

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View Full Comparison Chart HERE 

Note: data is subject to change by the various developers

O2 Wallet

O2 have today released information of their offering in the mobile electronic area, with “O2 Wallet”, they are to release an app for this for various mobile phones. As an O2 customer in the UK, I like this sort of new ideas on how to shop and this look forward to testing out when released.

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“O2 today announced the launch of O2 Wallet – a seamless and secure digital wallet service that will deliver the benefits of mobile money to more UK consumers than any other product or service currently available.

O2 Wallet uniquely combines the following functions:

  • Money Message – O2 Wallet enables consumers to securely transfer money to any UK mobile phone number as easily as sending a text. Money Messages allow consumers to make daily transfers of between £1 and £500; and will make lending, borrowing or repaying money to friends and family easier than ever.
  • Shopping via your mobile – O2 Wallet makes shopping via your mobile a breeze. A comprehensive barcode and search engine function compares the prices of millions of branded goods from more than 100 online retailers. In addition, consumers will enjoy unique daily discounts and deals via the ‘My Offers’ icon. At launch these will include discounts and money-off offers from retailers such as Debenhams, Comet, Sainsbury’s Direct, and Tesco Direct.
  • Your phone as your wallet – O2 Wallet enables consumers to digitise their existing debit and credit cards making it quick and easy to pay for things via their mobile. Customers can load money into their O2 Wallet account via one of their debit cards, by receiving a Money Message or with cash at more than 30,000 locations including O2 stores, PayPoint and epay retail outlets. O2 Wallet’s ‘transaction history’ helps consumers keep on top of their expenditure with texts alerts when the account balance changes; a 30-day payment history on the app; and a 12-month history online.
  • O2 Money Account Card – O2 Wallet offers both a physical and a virtual O2 Money Account Card. Both are based on a Visa prepaid account making them ideal for customers wanting to manage their finances as they can only spend what they put in. The ‘virtual’ O2 Money Visa Account Card is perfect for online shopping. Consumers can also apply for the physical O2 Money Visa Account Card to pay for things on the high street or withdraw cash from ATMs. This is a contactless card allowing tap-and-go payments at more than 100,000 contactless payment points across the UK; it’s fast, easy and convenient.”

Read the full press release at O2 HERE

Microsoft SkyDrive

SkyDriveMicrosoft have updated SkyDrive not only now adding a Desktop SkyDrive local application for Windows (which I will cover a little later with a quick install and features guide) and MAC OSX but also they have updated the Windows 7 Phone and iPhone apps for SkyDrive, which is really very welcome as these updated “apps” for mobile devices add well needed options as in allowing you to delete files.

Download the Desktop and Mobile versions of SkyDrive  HERE 

SkyDrive Desktop (local) application adds the following features, which when I first read and watched a video about this desktop application from the SkyDrive team involved I thought wow, why have we not had this before as its perfect for my data needs and likely prefect for many home and business users also.

Features
  • Access your SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer – photos, documents and all your other important files.
  • Quickly add new files to SkyDrive by dragging them to the SkyDrive folder.
  • Easily organise your files and folders in SkyDrive, just like any other folder.
  • Connect back to your PC if you forget to put something in SkyDrive.

To install the Windows Desktop version download from the earlier link, then once downloaded, double click the setup file to start the install procedure.

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Next we are not quite there yet, once you see the “Welcome to SkyDrive” screen (below) click Get Started and you will be presented with the SkyDrive Sign In page, here just add the Windows Live ID account you wish to use (your email and password) and click Sign In.

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Once signed in you are given the choice to change the default location of the local SkyDrive folder (this is the one where files added to SkyDrive are saved locally to your PC), once you have chosen a new folder of your choice or kept the default suggested folder click Next. You can also make files on your local PC also available on other devices, such as Mobile devices, so tick the box if you wish this option then click Done.

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Then the app will start to sync your SkyDrive files to the local folder, which as you can see below on my Windows 8 preview PC, is also integrated into Explorer, so easily accessible like any folder.

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Do not worry if your files do not appear straight away, as the syncing between SkyDrive and your PC may take a while as it depends on how many files you have stored on SkyDrive or how quick your internet download speed is, but just hover over the System Tray SkyDrive icon and you can see how many files are left to download/sync.

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So all you need to do now is either create new folders to save files to or just drag and drop (copy or cut and paste) a file/s to a SkyDrive folder to sync it to the “cloud”.

Mobile SkyDrive has changed a little and for the better I feel, the below are some screenshots from my Apple iPhone/iPod version, I do have a Windows 7 Phone (not as easy to do screenshots as the iPhone/iPod) but its options are the same.

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Clicking the top right arrow icon in the 1st screenshot gives you the options in the 2nd pic, which allows you to add/edit etc. and in the 3rd pic if you click a file/picture now you can as you see on the bottom menu bar, the options to Send in email, Delete, Move and Rename or Download to your Mobile device.

Do read the System Requirements for SkyDrive HERE

I will be doing at some point soon a write up of SkyDrive built into Windows 8 and its options, but likely more around the time the Release Preview of Windows 8 is released for testing in June.

Nokia and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 App Competition

Nokia Microsoft Windows PhoneMicrosoft and Nokia are running a competition for developers of Windows Phone 7.5 apps and this is a great way for not only core developers to enter but for students also, especially those from the UK.

“Nokia and Microsoft have launched a new programme seeking innovative Windows Phone 7.5 apps to feature in their latest advertising campaign. Now whilst this is open to all developers it would be great to see some UK Student apps featured! If you fancy the chance to promote your app to consumers throughout the UK for free then why not give it a shot!

What’s involved? We’re looking for innovative apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace that have recently been published by UK developers (especially students) to feature in the latest advertising campaigns. We want to see your amazing apps that will delight UK consumers in the following categories: casual games, kids, family, health and fitness, shopping, social, travel, and utilities.”

So get “Appvertising” and hope you win.

Read more HERE at Microsoft UK Students

EU Acts to end Mobile Phone Roaming “rip-off”

banner_roamingI think this is great news in this day and age and especially as we are in the main mostly using smart phones like Apple iPhones, Microsoft  Windows Phone, Google Android and Blackberry’s which are all heavy users of data. Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.

“Charges to fall from 1 July; consumers will be able to choose roaming service provider.

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement on new rules that will further reduce the cost of using a mobile telephone abroad within the European Union.

The legislation replaces price caps for mobile roaming that were first introduced in the EU in 2007 but which expire at the end of June this year.

The price caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission in July 2011, although they are not as low as those put forward by MEPs.”

Read the full article at EuropeanVoice.com HERE

HP WebOS free

 

imagesCAV3JPA1HP has decided to use its Palm acquired Operating System for free development by open sourcers, this is a great thing as it can and possibly will create a nice lite OS for tablets or mobiles.

“HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.

HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices.

webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability. For device manufacturers, it provides a single web-centric platform to run across multiple devices. As a result, the end user benefits from a fast, immersive user experience.

“webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”

 

More info HERE and HERE

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 for Download

microsoft-officeOffice 2010 now has Service Pack 1 for download, while for many it should now be listed in Windows Update for download and install it may not be for all users, and I tend to try and get the full download install as I have a few PCs that have Office 2010 installed on, so this saves the waste of time downloading what is from 361mb (32bit) – 439mb (64bit) in size multiple times.

Links are below to the two versions

32bit Office 2010 Service Pack 1 HERE

64bit Office 2010 Service Pack 1 HERE

Microsoft Office 365 Formally Launched Today

Microsoft officially launch Office 365 today and what is it you may think, well its a “cloud” version of Microsoft Office, so you have Online versions Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as well as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. The idea is at times you may not wish to buy multiple or Enterprise licences for the aforementioned packages but wish to pay as you go per user, and for as little as £4 a month per user, it may just be more cost effective for your business, but do read the links below for full pricing options.

“What is Office 365

It’s anywhere access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars so you’re always up-to-date. It’s familiar Microsoft productivity applications your team already uses. It’s business-class security and reliability. It’s IT control and efficiency delivered to fit your organization’s unique needs. And it’s an all in one pay-as-you-go service with an affordable price. But that’s just the beginning.”

With Exchange Online, you get email, calendar in a package you may already be familiar with in Outlook.

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With SharePoint Online you can store and share documents with other users as well as having access to your saved documents from anywhere with a PC or Mobile phone with Internet access (I know Windows Mobile 7 phones work with this, iPhone, Android should as well and others may get compatibility at a later date).

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With Microsoft Lync you can communicate via instant messaging (IM), PC-to-PC audio/video calls, with friends. colleagues and customers and clients as well as being able to hold online meetings. The presence function allows you to know what a colleague or customer/client is online or available.

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Todays webcast of the Launch from Steve Ballmer HERE

Homepage of Office 365 with more information and pricing options.