New "How To" site for Windows Phone is now live

Not sure how to use all of the features on your Windows Phone device? Microsoft has created a new "How To" site that teaches you how to use your phone like an expert. Included on the site is a number of videos that reveal how to personalize your phone, how to use Cortana, how to play music and games, how to use the camera, and more.

This is a timely move by Microsoft, since the software giant has just started rolling out the Lumia Blue update for Lumia phones. This includes Windows Phone 8.1, and thus, there might be some questions about new features such as Cortana. The virtual personal assistant is available in the U.S. for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and will soon be released world-wide.

If you're new to the platform, or want to learn some of the things that you didn't know that your phone could do, check out the sourcelink. Easy to understand videos show you precisely how to get certain features to run on your Windows Phone handset.

source: WindowsPhone via WMPoweruser



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Cool and clever....btw if you see the link, it says

2. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

*Lumia Cyan

3. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

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4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Very nice idea...Kinda like what Samsung did with Xperience GS5 app but better. Good job.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Typical Microsoft. Nothing they make has the customer's best interests put first. "Protect my info" --> Manage my data usage Store my essentials Find my phone

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I would like to root my phone I would like to have access to binary I would like to modify and alter the specs I would like to command script I would like to Dualboot Ubuntu I would like to install custom Roms I would like to do so many other stuffs

7. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Dude, it's great that you want to be able to do all that, but those are a very rare set of requirements in my opinion. General consumers are looking for a smartphone for daily functions, not a developer's tool or hacker's dream gadget.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This basic sentiment is exactly why the PC market is declining every year. You sound like some moron MBA when you use terms like "general consumers" and profess to know what everyone wants. People will accept bland boring things. It doesn't mean they like bland boring things.

16. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

0xFFFF, I use the term general consumer because it is the right word in this context, not because I'm an MBA that likes to throw around industry jargon. I look at things from the perspective of User-Centered Design, because that is something I studied and am still passionate about. When I say general consumer here, I refer to the target consumers of the companies in question. Can you tell me that any phone or mobile OS manufacturer sees more of a market in catering to the requirements listed above than producing easy to use, capable daily drivers? It is not because these companies can get away with bland and boring that they will produce them, it is because they do their best to cater to what they think are the needs of their users. For example, I build my own desktops and would probably qualify as a PC/Windows power user. I care about having the power and flexibility and don't want this industry to disappear, but I also recognize that most people buy pre-built computers and have a slightly different set of needs. You should also understand that to create a usable, successful product requires feature additions and iterative improvements over longer periods of time. Try to create your entire vision in one iteration and you are going to end up with one bloated, inefficient and ineffective product. I don't profess to know what everyone wants, but I do know that you should start with satisfying the basic needs first, then continue adding more advanced functionality that more niche users demand. That way you maintain focus on always improving functionality without necessarily degrading usability. There are so many more useful features that should and probably will take priority before WP ever gets to that list above -- and that's not a bad thing, that's just them understanding priorities.

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

"General consumers are looking for a smartphone for daily functions, not a developer's tool or hacker's dream gadget." My ass !! So why they call it smartphone ? Just go get a cheap 50$ cellphone you can go on twitter and just do the same "daily functions" !

11. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Are you a troll or a idiot? None of that functions that shill posted is what a smartphone should do! You idiots bashed on the iphone a couple of years back saying its not a smartphone because it can't multitask! So what now? according to you idiots a smartphone is something that can dual boot Ubuntu? alter the specs? install custom roms????bloody hilarious!

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

He's a troll, and an idiot as well. Very rare breed I tell you.

17. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Because I want to be able to call, text, have all my contacts synced to the cloud, use GPS/Navigation, stream music, email, take quality photos, search the web, search my vicinity for specific shops when I am in need of them, kill some time on games, text via voice while using bluetooth in my car, follow specific news topics, set reminders using my voice assistant, schedule meetings and manage my schedule, identify the name of a song when I come across music I like, record voice notes, keep track of social media notifications so I don't have to waste time doing that on the computer, check for traffic, read documents and view presentations. I believe a device that serves those common functions of mine qualifies as a smartphone. Do you disagree?

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I have to agree with Penny. most people with smartphones dont even use it to its full potential regardless the OS. I know die hard android fans that honestly all they ever do is load custom roms and....well thats it. I have aunts and uncles that used to have blackberrys now with droid and all they do is make calls and check emails. its a smart phone not a handheld computer BUT if you want all that then stick with android sheesh there is a reason each OS needs to be different in its own way.

12. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

+1 I'm gonna ask a couple of my older colleagues if they can dual boot Ubuntu on their S4's and Note 3's lol. That's according to some the definition of a smartphone!

13. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I cant believe I had to do this but i actually looked up the definition of a smartphone thanks to these posts smh.

14. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Then stick to your Android, because wp is only for basic stuff and most wp users don't even know what dual booting is.

18. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

While we're on the topic of baseless comments, Android is only for non-professionals who don't value their time, and most Android users don't even know what efficiency is.

19. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Even the IOS and Lagdroid users don't know what dual-boot is...

21. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well i'm getting a windows phone and on my n9 i managed to hexaboot dual booting pfft !

20. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I've got my PC to do these things, I stopped when you mention Ubuntu....just hilarious.

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