Given the fact that we have been at this technology thing for quite a long time now, shouldn’t we have solved something as simple as the most basic need of contact management? Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. bring us one step further, but there still is a major need missing.
The only glimpse of this sort of “feature” would be tools like Fonebook, which essentially scrape your contacts from Facebook and add/update your local address book. I have it set for daily scraping, which seems sufficient for now.
Whenever any of my contacts update their personal information it will be scraped down into my address book and updated. Since I’m using a WM6 device this Address Book is pushed out to that device as well.
Hopefully Fonebook starts to extend their tool to include event/calendar information as well.
If you haven’t noticed, live.com has been going through some upgrades and I have officially moved my environment over to http://home.live.com. I have even switched to the Live Search provider for IE7.No more Google.The biggest pain point for me is the 300x300 advertisement on http://home.live.com. I usually don’t mind the ads, like most, my mind has this ability to simply filter that crap out. But if I'm going to set it as my browser home page the ads just make it dirty; load time sucks, the distraction is even worse....
Having Google.ca as my home page was a good experience for me, because it was minimal and contained no ads (other than the few google spewed out on occasion).
So my recommendation to Microsoft is to avoid placing ads on a URL where you need to have the greatest adoption for the product line to succeed.
I have been spending a bit of time in the WM6.1 world with my new HTC Touch Pro device and I must say it’s a great experience. Once you get into this space you will soon notice a plethora of applications, good, bad and ugly. So my question to you, is what’s on your device?
Here is my good list:
HTC TouchFlo3D Interface
non-typical WM Today screen
Gotta love it when its raining!
Good for quick tweaks to the UI
HTC Touch Pro branded Dialer and Calculator
Nice and slick black
Great codec support
Diamond Cubes and Hologram
more for the wow factor – friends and colleagues
Diamond TF3D Config
Just in case…
I still struggle to get the internal GPS on my device to work properly, but when it was up, TomTom was a real nice to have.
Auto adjust the backlight based on ambient lighting
Great for desktop control, screen shots, etc..
Even though its broken right now
I think MSFT’s latest patch broke my account
Force reboot or shutdown of the device. It just seems much cleaner to me
Works well with the G-Sensor in my device. More for the wow-factor though.
Great utility to automatically lock and unlock the device, using the G-Sensor
If/when my GPS is functional, handy for that time when you just need a wifi connection…
I highly recommended app for business card scanning into your address book. It works great.
On the desktop, be sure to install CeRegEditor from http://ceregeditor.mdsoft.pl/. A must have for all your device registry tweaking.