Windows 10 Mobile – We’re Live!

So the Lumia 950 and 950XL launched this past week. I got my hands on the 950 today and my XL is on order from the Microsoft store. But this isn’t about first impressions (my anxiety over the pre-releases on the 1520 are gone and all seems fine). That post will come later.

Microsoft has been running a theme with the phrase “Do More”. I even have a t-shirt from Ignite 2015 that proclaims “I Do”. So I’ve been mulling over what does the device DO for me? Will Windows 10 mobile make me feel more productive?

Besides the basics of phone, email and texting there are a few key apps I use for work life that get things done for me. I’ll  list out the personal apps in another post. Now for my “work” related apps and features…

Communications:
Skype/Skype for Business – IM, VOIP and Video
Twitter
LinkedIn

Productivity:
MS Office
OneNote
Office Lens
Handyscan

Reference and Information:
Wikipedia
YouTube
Browser
News Apps
RSS Feed

Security:
Device Encryption
ActiveSync remote Wipe
VPN
Remote desktop

What’s noticeably missing?
SharePoint access solution!
MS Remote Desktop app fails install!

Now what’s new in Windows 10 mobile that I want to assess impacting my work?
Cortana
Windows Hello
Call Recording
Continuum
Edge Browser

OK so in the time this article has sat in draft I have received my 950 XL. A few days to get it loaded up and then I will return with an update. Until then, be blessed my friends!

Windows 10 Mobile Part 2

So we have just started playing with Windows 10 at work. We have a few Surface Pro 4’s and early feedback is very positive. The Microsoft bio-metric authentication scheme Windows Hello alone has my team fighting over the devices.

I bring up Windows 10 because some of the most compelling features of the mobile version of Win 10 is in conjunction with its big twin brother. This particular feature caught me by surprise while I was using  the preview version of Win Mobile 10. I had received a call I wasn’t able to pick up. By chance I went over to my Surface Pro 2 shortly after the call and as I logged on, Cortana popped up to tell me I had missed a call! It also offered to call or text back, right from the PC. Well sort of. Microsoft is using Cortana as a bridge between the PC and the phone. Now that’s an assistant! Yes Cortana please return my call!

And then I found you can text from Windows 10 through Cortana to the phone! Nice! I found myself playing with this for an hour. My wife finally shouted “Stop texting my phone!”. Now the call and the text actually require and are made by the phone. But with my Bluetooth headset I can do it sitting at the PC and never touch the phone and never miss a beat.

I did feel a gap currently exists in being able to see texts from the phone on the PC. Presently its one way from the PC to the phone. But I have to think its a matter of time until you can have Cortana share incoming texts from the hone to the PC and the ability to respond back.

Once you get what’s going on you start to see another layer to Cortana and its place in the eco system. Being the data transport between devices your communications can follow you everywhere. Its exciting to see the potential here so come on Microsoft, leverage this handy “assistant” and further blur the lines between my phone and my PC (and my tablet and my band and my…).

 

Windows 10 Mobile. Here we go!

So we are a week away from the launch of Windows 10 “Mobile”. I put the quotes around Mobile as I am adding that to distinguish Windows 10 on a phone vs. all other Windows 10 models.

I installed what may be the last insider preview (10581) build prior to phones being released on Nov. 20th with what used to be referred to as the RTM build. Prior to this release my experience has prevented me from using it as a daily driver. I’ve now been using 10581 for the last week on my Lumia 1520 and am at the point of leaving Windows Phone 8.1 behind.

All the basics are solid. Phone, Text, Data, check. I’ve loaded all my major apps and only 1 isn’t running (whats up Insteon?).

I’ll be doing some mico-blogging (that’s a thing right?) on apps, tips and tricks, my experiences and my day to day use so if this interests you check back here for more.

Go Redmond!