Microsoft produces video on getting work done using only a Windows Phone handset

Microsoft produces video on getting work done using only a Windows Phone handset
If you want to see just how work can get done in the middle of nowhere using just a Windows Phone powered device, check out the video below starring Microsoft's Doug Thomas. The video shows of many Windows Phone features including some that are unique to the platform such as Live Tiles, the Me Tile, Pin To Start and Local Scout. Other applications displayed in the video include Groups, Facebook and Social Networking, Contact History and Voice Commands.

The main focus of what appears to be part one of a multiple part story is that Mr. Thomas fell asleep during a group meeting and was transported to the middle of nowhere by his co-workers with nothing but a Windows Phone powered handset with him. First, the "Robust Opening Screen" allowed Thomas to know what time it was. He then sent a group email that acknowledged the prank. Using the "Live Tiles" allowed  Mr. Thomas to spot a message about some pictures which he discovered were of him passed out at a meeting. Using "Contact History", "Voice Commands" and "Voice-To-Text", Thomas was able to request his calendar and then dictate and send. a text message. Using a couple of features unique to the platform, Doug called up "Local Scout" to find an Italian Restaurant in the area and then pinned walking directions to his Start screen.

Those with a Windows Phone handset probably would find nothing so earth shattering in the video, but for those who stare at an iOS, Android or BlackBerry OS screen all day, it is a chance to see how the others live. And in case the cliff hanger has you on the edge of your seat, part 2 will appear next week.

source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser



1. Jerry209

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

Wow .... Sux

8. heterosexual

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

implying you dont suck......wp7 is a custom sms menu wallpapers....its fast yes....but it is so basic.....such a disappoint

14. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

It is too basic I agree. Considering Windows Mobile was so configurable and open they did a total 180 with Windows Phone. They totally went after Apple's closed model thinking they were the successful benchmark. Well, Android proved that wrong. Too bad he couldn't do a video call from out there...

16. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

similar shortcomings (handicapped bluetooth, non-customizable ringtones, no copy/paste, etc.) did not deter the iOS platform... :)

2. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I'm in high school and have to do a current event article for government class, and I often use Office on my Samsung Focus on the way to school, to type out and email my current event to my goverment teacher. Very helpful :)

3. kevinhasley

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

What work did he actually do? Try doing Skype, attending a webinar on GoToMeeting, LogMeIn, email and posting to a blog all at the same time.

4. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

well written, alan :)

5. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

rly? that was boring! yeah WP7 is fast and good .. but this video is @#$@$

6. Jericho unregistered

droidfans going all out on windows phone/ios like always. Why? Because your dual core ain't snappier than windows phone/ios. I love smartphones as a whole every one has its advantages and disadvantages. But i hate trolls and trolls are mostly android users. I am going to tell you one thing just grow up.

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Nice functionality pretty much everything I need on a daily basis is there. Ei. . . WP users can anyone tell me if bluetooth file transfer from WP phone to another WP phone or phones from other OS's possible?

10. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Nope, piracy concerns. :)

19. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

makes me sad :-(

12. agamhonda

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

You can't bluetooth the file, but WP7 assume you know the person that you are wanting to communicate with. They offer email or skydrive (cloud). Skydrive is handy if you need to pull files from your home computer or your phone while at work.

18. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

makes me sad for most of the time I do transfer mp3, mp4, and JPEG files to my mates and vice versa. A bummer for me, but to be honest I really like the looks of this OS, but the strictness bumms me. thnks for the reply.

9. ilia1986 unregistered

Now that's pretty nice, and all. And some of that is certainly incapable of being done on an iPhone - but an Android phone could do all this and more. :)

11. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well... WP could do more too... but they don't have to make an in-depth review of the OS :D And yes, Android can do all this and more, BUT this is made by Microsoft... Soooo :)

13. agamhonda

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

You can do some of this with Android, but you have to go into an app to do it. The is the benefit of WP7 you don't have to open an app.

15. joey18

Posts: 693; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Only the icons are great but other things is so bad android you cant do better things

17. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Haha, going to send this video to my family... It is a great tutorial for newly adopting smartphone users! This also means it is very boring for the advanced user, but hey. Any exposure is better than no exposure! "If you're not first you're last!!!"

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