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Windows Phone 8 queries from an Android user

  1. #41


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I've found Android to be pretty friendly with Windows 8. As far as a Windows 8 Phone, my only concern would be Store Apps. I do know that VLC Remote has a Windows 8 version now, but as far as Office, I think the only Office apps, and especially the new Word app, at least on iOS which I use, all require an Office 365 account. I use Pages and I import them into Office 2013, and that is free which beats a 99 buck a year subscription. I also store docs in my OneNote and Onedrive, so I can open em up on all of my devices and computers.

    I think your best bet would be the Windows 8 phone with OneNote, and OneDrive, and you'll be able to move Docs around - But there is no free Word editor like there is with Pages for iOS. Pages is not Word, but I've gotten used to it. Or you an splurge and get an Office 365 account and then you'll be able to edit docs from anywhere, I think it would be a valid business expense.
    Office comes prebuilt into Windows Phone and is free unlike ios.
    Yes, I like free!

    I use OneNote a lot and Office quite frequently.

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  2. #42


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I've found Android to be pretty friendly with Windows 8. As far as a Windows 8 Phone, my only concern would be Store Apps. I do know that VLC Remote has a Windows 8 version now, but as far as Office, I think the only Office apps, and especially the new Word app, at least on iOS which I use, all require an Office 365 account. I use Pages and I import them into Office 2013, and that is free which beats a 99 buck a year subscription. I also store docs in my OneNote and Onedrive, so I can open em up on all of my devices and computers.

    I think your best bet would be the Windows 8 phone with OneNote, and OneDrive, and you'll be able to move Docs around - But there is no free Word editor like there is with Pages for iOS. Pages is not Word, but I've gotten used to it. Or you an splurge and get an Office 365 account and then you'll be able to edit docs from anywhere, I think it would be a valid business expense.
    Office comes prebuilt into Windows Phone and is free unlike ios.
    And it works pretty nicely. I run my PowerPoint shows all the time.
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  3. #43


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by maxal View Post
    I am also an Android user for many years now and I am also thinking of jumping to a Windows based phone maybe the new Nokia 930 when it comes on sale in the UK.
    So maybe you should do the same and wait see what a the new Nokia 930 is like.
    I have the Icon which is exactly the same specs.
    You will not be disappointed at all. The system is fast and fluid.
    Takes amazing pictures. And if you are into Post Processing you can have it take a Raw picture at the same time.
    Raw is only viewable through USB, so you would save them off that way and work on them in your favorite editor.
    DNG file extension for RAW pics.

    The speaker does leave a lot to be desired for Music. I have had better sounding phones in the past.
    But, you can get those little bluetooth speakers and then it sounds great.
    Headphones sound great also and with the EQ can be even better.

    Nokia's are extremely solid phones, very well built hardware.

    Get the 930 or Icon or equiv, you won't be disappointed.

    8.1 is well worth the upgrade.

    Miracast over WIFI for the Icon, 1520 and others will make things even better.
    Date TBD, but is coming this year.
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  4. #44


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think Google cut my VoIP on the phone. I think they had announced that they would do that for the Windows phones. I got Viber and that seems to work - costs money though.

    I hope they did not screw up my phone account on my Android tablet. But that I can only check when I am back in Germany because that's where I left it.
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  5. #45


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Office comes prebuilt into Windows Phone and is free unlike ios.
    You mean, the Windows Phone comes with a free Office 365 account? Or do the Office apps run without one? The Apple Pages/Numbers/Keynote apps used to be 10 bucks apiece, but starting with iOS 7, maybe iOS 6, they are free.

    If Windows 8 Devices come with a fully working set of Office apps, that would be a high incentive, at least for me, to eventually get one. The thing that irks me is that I paid a bunch for the full Office 2013 pro suite, I gotta pay another 99 to use the iOS Word app for just one year. It won't accept Office 365 PI Licences either.
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  6. #46


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Office comes prebuilt into Windows Phone and is free unlike ios.
    You mean, the Windows Phone comes with a free Office 365 account? Or do the Office apps run without one? The Apple Pages/Numbers/Keynote apps used to be 10 bucks apiece, but starting with iOS 7, maybe iOS 6, they are free.

    If Windows 8 Devices come with a fully working set of Office apps, that would be a high incentive, at least for me, to eventually get one. The thing that irks me is that I paid a bunch for the full Office 2013 pro suite, I gotta pay another 99 to use the iOS Word app for just one year.
    It is limited in that it can only open and edit items, not create them. It does come with OneNote.
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  7. #47


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, that sucks, but I can import from my PC or other devices or from OneDrive/OneNote right? Does that limitation go away if you Subscribe?

    All I know is, if they unlocked Word from 365 and made it a paid app, it would fare better in other platforms.
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  8. #48


    Yes, import from anywhere.

    Not sure what you mean by subscribe. To Office 365? If so, no and why would it stop?

    I have Office Pro 2013 on my tower. Great to have Office on the phone.

    BTW, not sure with the upcoming 8.1 update if it will be possible to run a full Office.
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  9. #49


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    No it is not full office. And you don't get a subscription to office 365. Every WP comes with, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.


    Yes, you can create documents, not just open and edit.
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  10. #50


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I toyed with the idea of a Windows phone but stuck with Samsung - just upgraded to Samsung S5.

    The Deal breaker for me was that I could not find any sensible Screen Mirroring software for the windows phone --I access video files remotely from my server / desktop and then Wi-Fi these to my TV for watching movies via the phone's screen mirroring. Accessing the remote files via SMB is a doddle and I have the Wi-Fi dongle which allows me to mirror the screen output to the TV screen in full HD.

    I can also stream music FROM a remote server to the phone (or the other way around too)

    The Nokia windows phone is a great device but I just couldn't get the sort of apps I am using -- I don't need things like a full office suite on a mobile phone -- but things like local bus times / train times etc are very useful and I just couldn't get the same type of apps on Windows -- although most of them are there for the iPhone which I looked at too -- screen size of the S5 was the winner here by far.

    (Kingsoft Office --Free - can read ms format documents and create some simple EXCEL worksheets for example - FREE and perfectly OK for what I need on a phone).

    That I think will be the main problem with Windows phones - the current range of apps for Android I simply enormous.

    If you find all the apps you need are available on Windows it's a good choice - nice phone, reasonably priced.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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