Intern Voice: Mary’s first take on WP7 – Part 2


    Hey guys!

    It’s been a couple more weeks with my WP7 and I must say that I am LOOOVIN’ it! Not going to lie, I am a bit surprised since I came into this with high expectations with my iPhone 4. :P I don’t want to bore you with the details so here are some highlights:

    What I love about my WP7:

    -Ability to personalize the display of the phone - the icons on my phone is a nice, bright pink! :)

    -Integration of contacts so I can easily see Facebook statuses, phone numbers, emails all in one place! AND I can post on someone’s FB wall with a few quick clicks!

    -Voice command is AMAZINGLY accurate!

    -Onscreen keyboard is as good as the iPhone 4 keyboard

    -Office is actually super handy!

    What took some getting used to:

    -Back button is really useful if you can remember what screen you were at last. I guess this is somewhat similar to the multitask function on iPhone 4, but it’s just a very different use.

    -Panorama displays of apps… you may end up going in circles if you don't pay attention! :P

    What I miss about my iPhone:

    -Cheap/free apps! (Ex. Fruit Ninja is $0.99 on iPhone vs. $3.49 on WP7! :()… but I am sure this is just a matter of time!

    -Retina display – Sorry but the Dell screen doesn’t even come close.

    -Simple, centralized syncing through iTunes (you saw my struggle with loading contacts…)

    -FaceTime (and two way camera) is a much funner way to talk than a voice call. I hope this feature will be possible on future phones! :)

    Bye for now!

    - Mary Lee

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    Intern Voice: Surviving student life with Microsoft's OneNote by Danielle Joseph


    My name is Danielle Joseph and I’ve been a co-op at Microsoft for a little over 7 months now. This September I’ll be heading into my final 8 months of school, wrapping up 5 years at the University of Waterloo. My life at school can get hectic very quickly as I usually take on a full course load of 5 courses, work 2 part-time jobs, take extracurricular classes like yoga, and try to meet up with all of my friends and family whenever I can. No one seems to believe me when I tell them that my work terms are my most relaxing terms, while my school terms are the busiest. 

    While I’m in school, it seems like every minute of my day is planned and dedicated to something that needs to get done. Working at Microsoft, I also have a lot on the go, and usually have a lot of different projects for different managers that I need to keep track of. To manage everything properly, I thought I’d give OneNote a try. I’d never used the program before my co-op term here, but I had heard great things from other colleagues. It sure didn’t take me very long to fall completely in love with its ability to keep things organized, its simple manageability, its colour-coated tabs and so much more. Being a student at heart, all I could imagine was how great this tool would be not only in a professional environment, but while you’re in school. There are so many great features that allow students to keep their time managed, their projects on track, their photos with friends organized, lecture content uploaded, group projects edited...the list goes on and on.

    As a student using OneNote, you can create a notebook for different aspects of student life. For example, my current OneNote file has a notebook dedicated to each of the following: School, Work, Pictures, Music, Misc. With each of these notebooks, I can create pages. In my “School” notebook, I can create a page for each of the courses I’m studying, and create separate sheets for each lecture I attend. I can also open my notebooks from anywhere with its SkyDrive capabilities! So next time I forget my USB key at home, or lose it entirely (it happens more than I care to admit) and need to access my notebook from the library computers, I can just login to my Windows Live account and open it right up! Another great feature: copying text from picture files and pasting it as text format. My professors often upload PDF files of slides in a lecture, or photographs of pages scanned from the textbook. This is great, but if I want to add my own text to the slides it’s not so easy to change. With OneNote I just paste the picture file onto the page, highlight it, and then copy the text from the image. I can then paste it in my notes and make any changes I want.

    OneNote is honestly the best tool I’ve discovered while working at Microsoft. It’s kept me organized and helped me keep all of my files and ideas in one place. If you haven’t already played around with the program, I highly suggest giving it a try.

    - Danielle Joseph

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    Share your idea, get a Mango device. Simple!


    Now here’s a neat opportunity, so listen up!

    Most app contests or giveaways require, well, an app. But not #WPAppItUp! For this one, we want to see your app ideas! If you have a Windows Phone 7 app idea, share it with us for a chance to get a Mango developer Windows Phone 7 device.

    To get started:

    1. Registered for DreamSpark
    2. Download and install Expression Studio Ultimate and the new Mango Windows Phone Developer Tools. You have free access to these through DreamSpark.
    3. Get the free Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone and create a Sketchflow mock-up of your app. Remember, you just need to create a mock-up, and not develop a fully functional app.
    4. Post the Sketchflow mock-up somewhere online and tweet out the link using the hash tag #WPAppItUp

    Don’t forget the hashtag when tweeting your entry. All prototypes will be reviewed, and the authors of the best ones will be contacted to receive their Mango device.

    There is no deadline, but keep in mind that there are only 30 devices remaining. Don’t wait too long, get started now!

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