Posts Tagged ‘WP7’

Smoked By A Windows Phone

February 7, 2012 1 comment

Another great tribute to the makers of the Metro UI of the Windows Phone. At CES 2012 Microsoft was giving 100$ if you could be faster than a windows phone doing a specific task on your current device. It is amazing to see the people’s face when they realize how fast and well tought the windows phone is.

See for yourself:

This is a good start after only a year and a half on the market with the big leagues. I can’t for the multi-core devices to be released witth windows phone 8! And this is also a good prelude to the slate/tablet and desktop version of Windows 8 which are receiving a major facelift “à la Metro” style!

Here’s the url if you want to see more people getting “Smoked By A Windows Phone“.

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Windows Phone 7.5 has arrived!

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Today, Microsoft released the long awaited Windows Phone 7.5 codename Mango.

And guess what Mr. Apple & al… IT’S ALL FREEE (Another proof that Microsoft really cares about people)

You guys are probably saying: “I went to check the updates in Zune and found none”. Well, this is because the updates are bein deployed in waves and your not part of the current wave.

How about getting the update tonight?

What can you do about it? Simply trick it by carefully following the procedure below. This is not a hack, just a trick 😉 :

  • Connect your Windows Phone to a PC and launch the Zune software.
  • Disable the Wi-Fi Synch
  • Put the phone in Airplane Mode
  • Click on Settings/Update. Allow the software to tell you whether an update is available. If so, skip this guide. If not continue to the next step.
  • Click the check for update button again, and this time immediately disconnect your computer from the internet. Do this by pulling the Ethernet cable, disabling Wi-Fi on the computer, etc.
  • Wait 30 seconds or so and you should receive a notification that an update is available.
  • Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software

WP Update 7.10.7720.68

Depending on how updated you kept your phone, there will be 3 or more sequential updates here’s the list of all the builds:
Oct 2010
Original WP7 RTM version.

Feb 2011
Intermediate test update (no functionality changes).

Mar 2011
New phones installed with this version includes all the features of OS version

Mar 2011″NoDo” update (copy/paste, performance improvements, market search improvements.)

May 2011
Internet Explorer Mobile Security Update.

Jun 2011
Unknown release (Post-NoDo, Pre-Mango)

Jul 2011
“Mango” Private beta

Jul 2011
“Mango” Developer Beta 1 (Certain public services not yet available in this release, such as Twitter)

Aug 2011

Sept 2011
Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” RTM (Release to Manufacturing)”Mango” update (3rd party multitasking, IE9, Skype, Twitter integration, front-facing camera support…)

The last one below (in mango color 😉  is the goal!

What does Mango brings you?

More informative tiles, Twitter and LinkedIn, Grouping of contacts (in People), More consistent conversations (IM, email, messages, face book chat etc), much better email threads, sky drive for your office documents, improved multitasking, Bing Cards and the last but not the least IE9 (and of course a nice set of Html5 compliance)


Enjoy your Mango and don’t forget to dig deeper in your phone cause there’s a lot more than what’s advertised!

Update: As mentionned by my friend Dominic, you do have to update your Zune software to the latest version which 4.8!

Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools Update

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Is a Window’s Phone Update coming our way? Well at least while waiting for the update to be broadcasted to our phones we can prep our code!

Yup. Microsoft has released a new WP7 Developper tool update fro January 2011 (publish in early febuary).

You can download it here: Download

I did not have the time to experience it much but here aqre the things that are improved:

  • Copy and Paste
  • Capability Detection Tool
  • Windows Phone Connect Tool
  • Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control

And the good news is the “Copy and Paste”! Apparently most of the applications will not need to be updated to support. Whew! thanks MSFT. I wouldn’t like to recompile and resubmit all my apps

to the Market place.

Well now we just have to wait for the official broadcast of the update to the physical devices!

Hurry! Come On! Do It!

 P.S. : If you have Windows XP on your machine forget this you’re too far behind.

Windows Phone Developers: You now have 2 Million potential customers!

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

In a newsletter, Microsoft announced that there was over 2 million windows phone out there!
Some applications developpped by guys like you and me are so popular, Microsoft has to start their payout process!

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Windows Phone 7 users and developers, did you know that?

January 13, 2011 1 comment

When you configure your phone, you have to provide or create a Windows Live ID, but why?

Well it turns out that the system syncs your contacts and friends straight to your phone. So if you ever need to reset your phone your contacts will never be lost! In fact yesterday, I added a picture to one of my contacts on the phone, then when I was back home I plugged the phone to my computer via usb. Then I went to to the windows live site and I am quite sure that I saw the new contact’s picture being updated right before my eyes! Cool huh?

Well don’t get excited too much yet because there are essential things missing in terms of features.
There are a bunch of features link to windows live for the windows phone:


I did say that your Windows Live contacts are added automatically. But by navigating to the  contacts in Windows LIve you can add contacts from the following sources as well:Pictures

Pictures you take with your phone can be automatically uploaded to the site. Simply go to the phone settings, flip to applications and select pictures + camera then select “Auto upload to SkyDrive”. 

Find My Phone

This can help you, Ring it, Display it’s location on the map, Lock it, or Erase it.


The Calendar feature let’s you add events in Windows Live that will synch to your phone. But the opposite is true as well. Any appointement added in your phone get’s synched to Windows Live in seconds. So you shouldn’t have to backup your calendar neither! There’s also a cool thing about this calendar. Take a look a the picture below! The calendar shows the weather for the 5 next days in my current location! …

Windows Live calendar

Windows Live calendar showing the current weather in my location.


Okay so far my contacts and my calendar events are safely backed up to Windows Live!

But what about all my apps, music, and videos etc?

Okay here’s the REAL annoyance and a cool tip!

Apparently Microsoft didn’t bother putting a backup system in place for those. So if you do a hard reset all of those will be gone… At first I tought well maybe they left the door open to a third-party to brillantly cover this big gap. Well wait, to my knowledge ( I maybe wrong) only Silverlight and XNA applications are supported on the Windows Phone 7. Since those applications do not directly have access to the phone’s files (applications are sandboxed in silverlight). Then I guess nobody else but Microsoft could build this kind of backup utility. And this is probably why no one has made such an app for Windows Phone yet!

So all my installed apps, music, videos, podcasts would be lost in the event of a hard reset!

 But wait… here’s the tip! 

Apparently, if you use the Zune software (free from Microsoft at ) , then all the content sent to your Windows Phone will automatically be sent back to it from Zune!

This means that using Microsoft Zune an essential when using a Windows Phone!

What happens if you paid and installed an application directly from the phone? After a hard reset, the app will be gone! You’ll need to download it again and possibly pay it again as well!

So starting from now, I will only install apps on the phone from the Microsoft Zune application. I was using it quite often already in the past because the Market place in Zune has a search button which the phone doesn’t have.

Hope this post will help you through the universe of Windows Phone!

Samsung Focus Diagnostic Mode commands

January 13, 2011 3 comments

I figured it could be handy to have a list of diag commands for Samsung Focus phone owners out there.

Samsung Focus Diagnostic Mode To access the diagnostic program you will need to dial ##634# from the phone pad.
Diagnostic Commands:

•*#0*# – LCD Test
•*#0002*28345# – Audio control utility.
•*#0011# – Power and Temperature and Network Connection monitoring
•*#0228# – Battery Information
•*#0289# – Melody Test\Test External and Internal Speaker
•*#03# – SMDInfo
•*#05# – Simple test menu
•*#06# – Show IMEI #
•*#0673# – MP3 Test Menu\Shows Audio sound tests
•*#0782# – Shows Clock & Alarms settings
•*#0842# – Vibrate test menu
•*#0987# – Multitouch test
•*#1111# – Show FTA software version
•*#1234# – Shows the PDA and the Phone version number
•*#197328640# – The Root Menu
•*#2*# – Battery Information
•*#2222# – Show FTA hardware version
•*#2263# – RAT Selection option is restricted
•*#232337# – Bluetooth MAC Address
•*#2580# – Integrity Control
•*#3*# – Test Brightness
•*#32489# – (GSM test) Shows the ciphering status and options to enable or disable it.
•*#7284# – USB Path control
•*#745# – Operation (2): Ril log done
•*#7450# – Operation (99):Error Report off done
•*#7451# – Operation (99):Error Report off done
•*#7465625# – Shows status of the Network Service Provider SIM or Corporation lock
•*#770# – Operation (99):Vphone 770 done!
•*#771# – Operation (99):Vphone 771 done!
•*#772# – Operation (99):Vphone 772 done!
•*#773# – Operation (99):Vphone 773 done!
•*#774# – Operation (99):Vphone 774 done!
•*#775# – Operation (99):Vphone 775 done!
•*#776# – Operation (99):Vphone 776 done!
•*#777# – Operation (99):Vphone 777 done!
•*#778# – Operation (99):Vphone 778 done!
•*#779# – Operation (99):Vphone 779 done!
•*#780# – Operation (99):SR Test done!
•*#9090# – Diag Config\UART/USB settings
•*2767*3855# – Full Reset (Caution every stored data will be deleted.)

Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Professionals

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment


Microsoft is finally publishing some guidance for Windows Phone in the corporate environments.

Here’s the list of documents as well as the links from MIcrosoft Downloads:
Windows Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 and Certificates
Windows Phone 7 Root Certificates
Windows Phone 7 and Exchange Server
Windows Phone 7 Device Update
Windows Phone 7 Mobile Email
Windows Phone 7 Security and Management
Windows Phone 7 Security Model