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Friday
Aug082014

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide Version 1.09

NOTE: This update is for the previous version of the book (which is free) and not for Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide. --Paul

Here's an update to the earlier (and free) Windows Phone 8 Field Guide which adds PDF bookmarking so you can navigate through the various headings in the book using the Bookmarks feature in Adobe Reader or Acrobat, or whatever PDF reader you choose. I updated the MOBI and ePub versions as well, though I didn't change any of the content (and those versions already support that kind of navigation).

If you're curious how this works, I updated Windows 8.1 Field Guide last night. So check out the post Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 on that book's web site for the details. Future updates to Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide and Xbox Music Field Guide will feature this functionality as well, but I don't see any reason to do so now since they're both in-progress.

Download Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.09 (536 pages) PDF | MOBI | EPUB

Note: Remember, MOBI format works on Kindle and ePub works on Nook.

Sunday
Jul202014

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.3

Here is an update to Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide that includes a complete version of the second chapter, "Your New or Updated Phone," plus a few revisions to the first chapter.

As noted previously I won't always be updating this thing linearly, but this update does actually follow the previous one, so I'm just providing the whole book document, which remains rough (and will for a long time). Basically, the first two chapters are "done."

More soon.

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.3 in PDF

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.3 in MOBI - Kindle

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.3 in ePub – Nook, other eBooks

Tuesday
Jun242014

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.2

Here is an update to the fledgling Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide that includes an expansion of the "Before You Start" chapter plus a revised version of the "Set up your new phone" section from the second chapter. (It's been updated for Windows Phone 8.1 of course and includes all new shots.)

I won't be updating this thing linearly, but this update does indeed basically follow the previous one, so I'm just providing the whole book document, which remains rough (and will for a long time).

More soon.

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.2 in PDF

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.2 in MOBI - Kindle

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.2 in ePub – Nook, other eBooks

Sunday
Jun152014

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.1

Here's the first (very, very rough) release of Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide. This document is a mess, by design: I've taken the latest version of the Windows Phone 8 Field Guide, chopped it up and left notes to myself to accommodate new and changed material. Only the first chapter, Before You Start, is "complete." The rest of it is a work in progress that doesn't reflect what you'll see in the latest version of Windows Phone.

I'm leaving this version of the document as-is rather than split off the chapter by itself for a few reasons, but mostly because I think some people may find it interesting. I continue to modify the TOC (table of contents) as I go, which is normal, and if you're really paying attention, you may notice a few changes since yesterday's post. (For example, the Podcasts chapter is now Podcasts + Radio.) There will be more changes. (Maybe Skype should just be its own chapter. Probably.)

In the future, I'll likely just provide standalone chapter downloads as required. It's just that Before You Start—which used to be called Getting Started and also included material that is now in the next chapter, Your New or Updated Phone—was so short and straightforward that it didn't seem necessary this time around.

It's unlikely that I'll work this through from front to back, and like the first edition I expect to jump around as the mood demands. The Cortana stuff—currently part of a chapter, but something that most likely will be split into its own chapter—will come later in the game, because I feel like this is something we all need more experience with. Some chapters will need to be completely reworked. Some (Office + OneNote), not so much.

The TOC has been removed for now. It's too early.

Until I get the paywall set up, I'll make these early releases public. Later, you will need to pay for the book to follow along. It will be cheap ($2), with a variable scale like Windows 8.1 Field Guide. I assume by this point everyone gets this is something I will follow through on and complete.

More soon.

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.1 in PDF

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.1 in MOBI

Download Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.1 in ePub

Saturday
Jun142014

Rough initial TOC for "Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide"

Following up on my previous introductory post, here's a rundown of the new TOC (table of contents) for "Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide." In addition to creating a few new chapters, I've also split out some chapters into two or more chapters (Music, Videos and Podcasts has become three separate chapters, for example). So now there will be about 23 chapters, compared to 17 in the previous edition.

Some chapters have been renamed (Store becomes Store + Apps, for example, and Photos becomes Photos + Camera, among others). There is a new chapter for Personalize Your Phone (previously part of a chapter but expanded) and a new Phone Maintenance chapter that will cover the Sense apps and some other stuff. I've also removed the chapter numbers to keep the book consistent with the wider "Field Guide" style guide.

Here's the new chapter listing...

Getting Started

The Windows Phone User Experience

Personalize Your Phone

Store + Apps

Cortana + Search

People

Phone + Skype

Messaging + Skype

Maps + Location

Email

Internet Explorer

Office + OneNote

Photos + Camera

Music

Videos

Podcasts

Games

Utilities

Phone Maintenance

Security

Networking

PC Integration