Hit the ground running with Windows Phone 8
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Hit the ground running with Windows Phone 8

Many of you are either considering getting a Windows Phone device this weekend or might be going out to grab one. Either way we think some of our Windows Phone 8 articles and how-to’s are going to come in handy.

There has been an onslaught of information and news so we thought we’d point you at some of the key posts we have done around the new operating system.

If you’re upgrading your Windows Phone 7 device to Windows Phone 8 we did a post to help get you through it. Along with tips on syncing, downloading your existing purchases and even how to get podcasts up and running again you’ll find tons of useful info. Make this your first port of call.

Switch it up!

Got a new Nokia Device?

If you have just picked up a new Nokia device, make sure to update all your apps and to install their updates Windows Phone 8 exclusives. Check out Nokia Transport 3 , Nokia Drive+ and make sure to check out our article on Maps in Windows Phone 8

Space! Angry!

Apps Apps Apps!

If you’re a fan of Angry Birds the series of games make sure to check out Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars that were just released. If you have a Nokia Lumia you can check out their three exclusive Xbox Live titles announced and available today. Make sure you don’t forget to download and install the new Microsoft PDF Reader for Windows Phone 8 and the updated SkyDrive app too! Other apps have been updated so make sure to check out this article rounding them up.

Aint no backup without a backup

Backing up and syncing your Windows Phone 8

We did a detailed post showing you how to back up your new device and restore it back in this excellent guide from Richard Edmonds, be sure to familiarise yourself with this important feature! We also covered the process of converting your media with the new drag and drop functionality of Windows 8, make sure you check this, especially if you want to watch movies on your phone. 

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Hit the ground running with Windows Phone 8

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Just picked up my Lumia 920 in white. Apparently apps like tango and Skype aren't available to download. Anyone know why?

From what I can tell no. I don't see Skype in the account settings. But still Skype and tango aren't available for download. I don't understand...

No skype isn't backed in as such. When skype arrives and you install it onto you windows phone 8 device you will get skype fully integrated into the phone. But it must be downloaded first. There's no eta when it will arrive but in guessing very soon

Can't wait for my Lumia 920. It's expected shipping date is the 15th. Sigh... Patience is difficult right now...

When will Nokia drive be available for other wp8 phones? Bought a 8x as fed up with waiting for 920 here in the UK & drive isn't available yet.

Otherwise, loving WP8!!!!

So I had pre ordered the 920 from at&t on Wednesday. Paid $449 plus tax. (at&t in the US). Today At 9:30 it still showed pending shipment. My buddy wanted to go pick one up and I went with his this morning. We both had the 900 prior to this.. The rep rang it up and said $299 plus tax.. We thought something was wrong. She said no, that's right. So I got one for the same price and then logged into at&t and canceled my order. Saved $150... Store renewed me for 2 years. I am guessing the pre order did not. Nothing I care about cause I have no issues with at&t..

I stopped by a local AT&T store to check new Nokia phones out and had a chance to play with both Lumias - 920 and 820 last Friday. Both phones look and feel extremely well done pieces.
WiFi config/setup is identical to WP7 and WP7.5. It is still missing static IP setup option and WiFi advanced security protocols are still not supported.
Microsoft (I've been watching dev and support blogs since the time of WP7 release) promised many times to implement static IP and adv. sec. protocols support, but it's broken its promise once again.
I hope they realize that for many people out there (like myself) those options would be the pivoting point where we'd have to decide which way we'd go - to stay with WP or to switch for Android or for Apple b/c in many environments and in many situations people are not allowed or for some reasons cannot use adhoc/open/unsecure WiFi connection and must use static IP combined with adv. sec. protocols. That in turn means that if there's no way to use WiFi on WP8, a phone becomes just a so called feature phone, that is to make phone calls.
Android starting FOUR versions back implemented those WiFi basic config/setup features (I am not familiar with Apple Pnone, but pretty sure that those features are there), some of those features were even available in Windows Mobile 6.5, what happened after 6.5, why Microsoft dropped the ball?
It's very sad since I tried to stay with MS and WP, but I guess that's it.
One more thing. There's still no any sync app (to sync with the Outlook, something similar to the ActiveSync) in the new WP8 except that unsafe cloud sync option. Why would anyone in right mind risk putting some personal (sometimes confidential) information on the cloud drive? Does the data get encrypted? - No. So go ahead and take your chances. The funny thing is that there are plenty of such apps on the Android market, that is to sync Microsoft Outlook with the Android phones. But for Microsoft own Windows Phone?  - No, Microsoft knows better what you need.