Microsoft’s latest phone software helps the busy professional manage tasks while out of the office. Yet, there are several tricks and tips you may not be aware of!
Listed below are some valuable features to leverage on your phone while out:
You can now take a photo and instantly edit it with Windows Phone. These edits can include things such as cropping, rotating and/or improving the overall lighting quality. Here’s how:
- Access photo editing – In the bottom right hand corner click the ‘three full stop’ symbol, which will reveal several options
- Select Edit
- Options to Rotate – By hitting the ‘three full stops’ it moves the image 90 degrees each time
- Auto-fix – Use Auto-fix to improve photo quality
- Crop – Select crop to view a grid. Then you can resize the image by moving the colored corners.
- Select Save Image
In Creative Studio there are also options to modify color balance, contrast and brightness, etc.
Battery Saving Option
When the Battery Saver option is ON your phone will no longer automatically download new emails and update apps. Disabling these updates will save your battery life. Instead of turning updates completely off, you can set a time for when and how long you require battery saving turned ON or you can choose to have it continuously switched ON.
To access battery saving:
- Go to Settings
- Battery Saver
- Turn on
Access Email in One Place
This feature allows you to link all inboxes together in one place. Here’s how:
- Open up your email
- Hit on the ‘three full stops’
- Select Link inboxes
- Choose the two inboxes you want to link
- To remove any inboxes, just choose the email box and hit ‘unlink’
Away on business and need a quick translation? Windows Phone 8 can do this for you. This is a great tool for translating menus, receipts or signs. Keep in mind that you do have to have a data connection and a clear scan.
- Press the search button on the bottom
- Hit the camera start-up button (shaped like an eye)
- Press ‘scan text’ – Windows Phone 8 will then take a picture/scan the text
- Press translate in the desired language to receive your translation
Windows Phone 8 allows you to send a screenshot of a spreadsheet or an image to a colleague, which is especially helpful when out of the office. Here’s how:
- Press Lock/Power + Home Windows button at the same time
- Camera will then snap a picture
- Locate your image in Photos- Albums-Screenshot folder
- Send the image to your desired contact
If you are running late for a meeting, you most likely don’t have the time to text or call to let the other person know. Now with Windows Phone 8 you can send an automatic ‘running late’ message, saving you time when you need it most.
- Go to Calendar
- View your appointment
- At the bottom you will see four options, one titled ‘Late’ (with a man running icon)
- Press this and your running late message will be automatically sent to the person you’re meeting with
Create a Room
Windows Phone 8 allows you to create a Room, where you can invite team members, colleagues or friends to join you. In a Room, you can share files, images, chat, reveal your location and/or set up appointments.
- Browse to the People Hub
- Find word ‘Together’ – press ‘+’ key at the bottom
- Select Room or Group
- Hit floppy disc save button
- Room is created
- Next press ‘+’ at the bottom and add the people you wish to join your Room
- Press the tick and an alert will be sent to your chosen people
Create and Work on Documents
You can easily work on documents on your Windows Phone 8. You can create, edit, format and then share your finished document via email. Here’s how once in the Office Hub:
- Press on + key to add a new document
- Choose Word or Excel
Share your Location in a Text
When you write a text you can share your location. Allowing you to share where you are quickly and easily with your contacts:
- Tap the paperclip icon
- Choose location
- Your recipient will receive your location. It will open in Maps app or a browser depending on the phone being used.
Hide Caller ID
When making calls you have the option to hide your caller ID number. You can customize settings to either reveal your caller ID to everyone or just your contacts.
- Go to Caller History
- Tap the ‘three full stop’ at the bottom right
- Hit settings
- Select desired caller ID settings
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you become more familiar with your Windows Phone 8, making working away much easier.