Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Learning Windows 8.1 Phones.
- Before we get started, let's review a few things you should know first. Throughout this course I'll be working with a Nokia 635 smartphone. There are many smartphones available that work with Windows Phone 8.1. The things that we'll cover will be universal across any device. The only exception are a couple of videos that cover Lumia camera features that are exclusive to Nokia or Microsoft branded smartphones. In addition, the specific version we'll be working with is Windows Phone 8.1 update 1.
This update includes a few extra features like Start screen folders that won't be present with the first release of Windows Phone 8.1. To use Windows Phone, you need to have a Microsoft account that is used to store settings and account information with Microsoft to protect your phone and the data that is on it. You should already have a Microsoft account before you start this course. If you have an Outlook.com or Hotmail email address, Office365, Office Online, or XBox, you already have a Microsoft account.
If not, go to the Microsoft website and create one there. The easiest way is to go to outlook.com and create a new email address. This will become your Microsoft account login to use with your Windows Phone. In this course we'll be capturing the screen of a real Nokia Lumia 635 device. When we set the phone up for the first time, you'll see my finger work with the device. After the first time set up video, my finger presses and swipes will be shown as colored dots on the screen to indicate where I'm tapping or swiping on the screen.
This will help you see more clearly what is on the screen as I interact and walk you through all the features. If you are coming from another smartphone platform, like IOS, Android, or Blackberry, there'll be some very familiar terms or gestures that are part of Windows Phone. Windows Phone also has a lot of similarities to Windows 8.1 on tablets or computers. Now if you've never used a smartphone before, I would suggest watching the video first and then go back and follow along with me the second time.
Not all the videos may be relevant for you either. For example, you could skip the videos on how to set up various email accounts if you just don't have them, including Gmail, Yahoo, or Exchange. There's also a video on how to work with SharePoint, which you can skip if you're not working with a SharePoint server for work. So that's about it. With that out of the way, we can go ahead and get started.
- Adding an Outlook.com, Gmail, or Exchange email account
- Personalizing your phone
- Getting apps from the Windows Phone Store
- Working with contacts, calendars, and the Camera app
- Working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files