My first days with a Windows 8 phone

Thanks Coke, impressive. How could you gather so much information in such a short period of time - amazing.
You're welcome!

It's a new OS, you gotta poke around everywhere! :geek:
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
Methinks that glance screen MIGHT be a universal feature of Windows Phone 8.1 as I've noticed the text size for the time on glance is the VERY same size as on the lock screen. In the Nokia Black update, the glance screen time size was smaller than in Amber. After installing 8.1, it's gotten larger.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
I had read that they are going to provide a VoIP app. Did you see that. I am asking because Google seems to have cut us off from their Google Voice service. Mine worked for a while but now it is dead.
 

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
I had read that they are going to provide a VoIP app. Did you see that. I am asking because Google seems to have cut us off from their Google Voice service. Mine worked for a while but now it is dead.

I don't think I've read anywhere about the VoIP app, the only thing I can think of is native Skype integration once and for all. I know Viber is a fairly decent VoIP app for Windows Phone.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
I need it for calls from Europe to the US and there are always problems/costs. I can always use my Android tablet, but I did not want to lug too much gear when we travel - which we do a lot in the Europe.
 

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    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
I need it for calls from Europe to the US and there are always problems/costs. I can always use my Android tablet, but I did not want to lug too much gear when we travel - which we do a lot in the Europe.
Ahhh, I see. What do you use on your tablet for that?

That made me remember of the Lumia 925 on T-Mobile. It actually has the ability to make phone calls purely off wifi. Quite exceptional I find.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
On the tablet I use Google Voice and the GrooveIP app. Since I set it up in the US, all calls (even from Europe) are local calls free of charge.

If you want to set it up, let me know. The tricky part is to setup the wallet which you need even if you never spend a dime. There is an app that makes that easy - else it's a pain to set it up.
 

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
I am now running WP8.1 since about 10am

I gotta say I am impressed
Well worth the upgrade,, Swype will take some getting used to, but works very well. I like it.

I won't go into as much detail, but I like all the changes.

Action Center is nice because it alerted me to the fact there
was an issue with the login to one of my email accounts, I would not have known till I tried to access it.
It has it's advantages beyond the Quick access buttons. Regardless of live tiles. And no one is required to pull it down for any reason. it's a welcome feature on my phone though.

Music is not having to reload all of my music,, I go right in and can start playing without any pause or waiting.
I have about 840 songs now,, no issues after the first initial loading.
But it does say Loading at the top when I go in, think it is checking for added songs each time.
But not an issue.

Love the new tiles background.

Some tiles I have need to be updated to be transparent though.

Twitter's Cortana integration needs a lot of work.
saying hashtag anything and then some text will run it all together still.

#cortanacashhaveawesome

I don't use facebook.

I don't like all the games being integrated with the Apps List,, leave them in the xBox tile.

IE is much improved for the better. But I really despise pop-up ad's.

Tested Geo Fencing for my home but did not get the alert. Not sure what is up with that.
But all GPS/location finders have a hard time finding my exact address.
And I think Cortana goes based off of that, not GPS coordinates, not sure. I will have to test that some more.

The reminders work though, and what is cool, if you go into Cortana's Notebook Reminders
Your reminders are there as a voice message. interesting.

There is so much about this update it is hard to cover it all in detail without writing a book.

Calendar is much improved,, but still needs to have Recurrence of every 2 weeks.
Such as, every other Monday, but that is only possible to do in Outlook Calendar from Office.
So, I can set it up in there and it sync's just fine.

I purchased Office 365 so have it available on all of my systems.
As a note,, you get 60 min per month of free Skype calls included, and I think that is international.
Not sure how much texting, but, meh.

install UC Broser and start Cortana
Say UC Browser QR Scan and she will say Gtaha Scan away and start the QR Scanner for you.
So that works as a quick work around. I am sure we may see a bit more of that.
Or it will eventually become Native to Cortana.


Anyway,, well worth the update.. I encourage people to take advantage of the Dev Preview if they wish, despite any warnings.

Final Note....
Not all phone will get Glance unless Nokia can figure out an app for it.
Icon's and similar are limited by the Screen hardware. Something about Memory for the screen not existing.
I don't miss Glance.

Lock Screen Customizing is coming, but won't be till later this summer.

Double tap to Wake is not here yet,, may come with Nokia Cyan Update....

Miracast over WiFi is also coming to phones like the Icon

Next update could be October give or take a month.
At this time I believe they said there will be 2 or 3 this year.
 

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    Win 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Built
    CPU
    I7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
    Memory
    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX680 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24" LED VG248QE
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO -
    SAMSUNG E 120GB SSD840 -
    SEAGATE 1TB PIPELINE
    PSU
    CORSAIR GS800
    Case
    CORSAIR 600T
    Cooling
    CORSAIR HYDRO H100I LIQUID COOLER
    Keyboard
    THERMALTA CHALLENGER ULT GAME-KYBRD
    Mouse
    RAZER DEATHADDER GAME MS BLK-ED
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    APC 1000VA -
    LGELECOEM LG 14X SATA BD BURNER -
    CORSAIR SP120 Fans x 3 -
    NZXT 5.25 USB3 BAY CARD READER -
    HAUPPAUGE COLOSSUS
Good info, Tepid. Thanks. :)

As I posted in the other thread:

Having had cell phones for many years, I'm ignorant to jail breaking. I looked into it once with my Droid X2 on Vz, but was afraid to goof things up. I was running a business and didn't want to face the consequences. Time factor with it all also.

Retired now, so I give two hoots. Is it possible to do so now to obtain 8.1 upgrade through the developers offer?
 

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  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
    Memory
    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX680 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24" LED VG248QE
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO -
    SAMSUNG E 120GB SSD840 -
    SEAGATE 1TB PIPELINE
    PSU
    CORSAIR GS800
    Case
    CORSAIR 600T
    Cooling
    CORSAIR HYDRO H100I LIQUID COOLER
    Keyboard
    THERMALTA CHALLENGER ULT GAME-KYBRD
    Mouse
    RAZER DEATHADDER GAME MS BLK-ED
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    APC 1000VA -
    LGELECOEM LG 14X SATA BD BURNER -
    CORSAIR SP120 Fans x 3 -
    NZXT 5.25 USB3 BAY CARD READER -
    HAUPPAUGE COLOSSUS
Thanks again, Tepid. That does explain everything. Hopefully I'll be performing this later on today. :)

LOL on this pic!

Will_this_run.jpg
 

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  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1
Thanks Tepid for all the good information. It was interesting to see that you had to actually buy Office. My $69 Lumia 521 came with Office included. In light of that, the $69 is a good deal - I think. And it is contract free.
 

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    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
No no, I did not have to buy office, but I wanted Office on all of my PC's
I still had Word, Excel and Power Point and Email on my phone,,, sorry for the confusion.
Those come on every WP, regardless of model. It's part of the OS.

Office 365 is a great offer, I read somewhere that someone said it wasn't,, but it is.
It pays for itself in the long run.

99$ a year and install Full Office Suite on 5 PC's/Laptop/Tablets is a very good offer on it's own.
I don't use skype, but it comes with 60min talk time per month. and you can buy more if needed.

at $400 per system for retail, that is a lot of money to spend every couple of years
And you can share the installs with anyone you want, and remove them at any time.
So technically, if you had friends who also wanted one or 2 installs, you could sell them that share and
break that down however you like. Makes it even cheaper.

And I think that includes who you might share the account with for Skype as well,, meaning they get 60min as well
and each get 20G of OneDrive.

this also includes access to Office On-Line to access from any system that may not have Office Installed.

It does say 5 PC's or Mac's and 5 Tablets, but I think it is actually combined.
Not sure about that,, will have to research that more cause It didn't recognize my Surface Pro's as Tablets.

Compare Microsoft Office products
 

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  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
    Memory
    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX680 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24" LED VG248QE
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO -
    SAMSUNG E 120GB SSD840 -
    SEAGATE 1TB PIPELINE
    PSU
    CORSAIR GS800
    Case
    CORSAIR 600T
    Cooling
    CORSAIR HYDRO H100I LIQUID COOLER
    Keyboard
    THERMALTA CHALLENGER ULT GAME-KYBRD
    Mouse
    RAZER DEATHADDER GAME MS BLK-ED
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    APC 1000VA -
    LGELECOEM LG 14X SATA BD BURNER -
    CORSAIR SP120 Fans x 3 -
    NZXT 5.25 USB3 BAY CARD READER -
    HAUPPAUGE COLOSSUS
Yeah, maybe that is not such a bad deal - especially for someone who has 5 systems and no office yet. But I still have 6 Office licenses for 2007 and 2010 and my Transformer came with 2013 - and the phone has it too. I guess I am well covered for now.
 

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  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
As I had said, I lost my VoIP thru Google Voice. Apparently Google cut the Windows users off. So I got Viber instead. That works OK for outgoing calls except that you have to pay a bit for it (Google Voice is free). But with the few calls I make, the money is not an issue.

Unfortunately I cannot get incoming calls because for those you need a carrier number on that same phone. When I set Viber up, I had to give some mobile number because they send a confirmation number which you have to use to get it started. That number is being sent via SMS, so my landline was no good. I used my Google Voice number and that worked well. The confirmation number appeared in my Google Voice account that I can accees from here. But now all my incoming calls go to my Android tablet which is on my desk in Germany - I think you call that catch 22.

In order to remedy that problem I went into a T-Mobile shop today and inquired about my options. There was one that sounded pretty good - you buy a SIM card for $100 and that is valid for a whole year. Outgoing and incoming calls cost 10 cents/minute. If before the end of the year you buy an extension for $10, then all unused money is being rolled over to the next year and so on each consecutive year.

With the amount of calling I do the $100 plus the addl. $10 per year would probably last me for 5 years. 10 cents per minute is a steep price (I call from Germany to the US on a landline for 0.8 cents per minute) but since I would be making most of my calls via VoIP, that should not be too bad. Now I have to figure out how I make a clean seperation of T-Mobile calls and VoIP calls, especially for the incoming calls. But I think there is a setting somewhere.
 

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
It's been about a week I think I've been running Windows Phone 8.1. So far, so good except with the exception of two random reboots.

Xbox Music STILL sucks, but I've yet to get the update that was supposed to be released today for 8.1. It's just so lethargic, I use it while driving as I have a set up in my car to make it easier to interact with (as well as the fact Xbox Music is fairly decent to navigate through on Windows Phone) and it's borderline going to make me crash my chariot it takes FOREVER usually. It seems like it's a random issue some people have and some don't. Glad they made Xbox Music a standalone app versus a system component. They need to fix it and as with the Windows counterpart, revert it back to the good ol' Zune days...

I've been playing around the embryo tile settings so I can have three columns...I've gotten used to it now. It does allow new tile and grout arrangements. :cool: I can definitely see the possibility of a giant tile like on Windows.

Action Center is incredibly redundant for me so far. It's only been useful for the Wee-Fee and Bluetooth toggle switches as well as going into Settings. Very interesting thing I have noticed with the Wi-Fi Sense feature, you can turn off your radio and have it turn on when you're near your favorite places; such as your home, work, restaurants, etc. I don't know if it works because I think it just notifies you on screen if you want to connect to Wi-Fi... Very interesting indeed! Basically though, Action Center isn't useful to me as I have what I need to be aware of either on my lock screen or live tile. Action Center is just a redundant notification field.

There is a new text handle control to move the cursor around and it's a tad better than before, better control basically.

And then there's Cortana... What a gal! :geek:

I finally got her working and she is a cheeky and very helpful thing. I am quite impressed with the natural speech input. I've so far used her twice to put in a calendar reminder for a couple of appointments and she did it excellently. Regardless of how you phrase it, she'll get it into the Calendar correctly. Overall, speech to text is just damn excellent on 8.1. It was fantastic on 8.0, but 8.1 is phenomenal!

IE 11 is pretty cool also, I don't know if I mentioned it but it's on par to the Windows counterpart (but better because it actually has a recent history menu unlike Windows). It has live tiles for sites that support it, reading mode, and also swipe to go back or forth. Very neat! With a Microsoft Account on Windows and Windows Phone, you have cross platform browser tab support which is awesome as poop! Wow!

The Word Flow keyboard seems to have been tweaked a bit for the better. It predicts your next work a tad better than before, and it NOW lets you curse like a sailor. :) Now unlike before, emoji are in the text prediction field and it does a good job of that too. Type in poop, it will have the poop emoji. Work, it'll have an office building. Cool, it'll have the sunglass smiley face.

I'm still not liking the degraded People hub experience, but I was reading today that there are some new sharing APIs because if twitter changed their APIs, the WHOLE Windows Phone OS would need to be updated for that. So now, it'll make things like that less of a problem where things wouldn't sync correctly or things from different social networks break. Kind of a shame, really wish there was a way to code around that. Maybe if the Facebook or twitter app built for Windows Phone use a certain share API to integrate information from the app and service into the People hub and Photos app? That way Windows Phone stays Windows Phone and putting people first and if the social network changed something, the app will be updated for that and the OS can continue to deliver that unique social experience that Windows Phone really did pioneer.

After a week of this, I'm impressed and cannot wait to see how this develops! Oh boy! If you'll excuse me, I need to go learn how to XAML and develop and whatnot for Windows Phone...
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
The beauty of Action Center is that if you want to access it and see info you missed, you can
Such as.... Not all App keep a record of Toast Messages.
Example, Storm Warnings,, sure, once they have passed they aren't really needed, but can be nice to know if you missed one out of curiosity.

But there are many other reasons.

I have 3 email accounts I watch, they aren't desperately important, but mainly used spam catching sites that I may want to register and see a thing or 2 and be done with it and don't want my main personal account trashed. (Common Practice I know, but explained anyway)
I can make all those tiny, and still see what is important.
I got rid of the settings icon I did have, as there is an All Settings Link there as well
Getting rid of a battery icon as well, as the percentage is shown under there also.

The Action Center is useful as it is now.
But I have a feeling that it will become even more useful over time.

Twitter, I am not sure what people are talking about here
My Twitter feed updates in the People HUB just fine.
What is annoying is that everyone I follow was showing up in my Contacts till I figured out how to hide them.
But I am not, never have been a big tweeter :p
I don't do Facebook anyway.

You can also use Cortana to open Pinned sites if you have any.

If you are going to start Dev'ing,, do yourself and everyone else a favor and,,,
Get rid of unnecessary requirements and list the reasons why the ones you might use, will be used for.
Can't stand seeing Apps that have every dang thing under the sun enabled when they really only need one or 2 or none at all.
I won't install them, don't need them that badly.
It's a sign of lazy coding, or over zealous data mining.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
    Memory
    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX680 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24" LED VG248QE
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO -
    SAMSUNG E 120GB SSD840 -
    SEAGATE 1TB PIPELINE
    PSU
    CORSAIR GS800
    Case
    CORSAIR 600T
    Cooling
    CORSAIR HYDRO H100I LIQUID COOLER
    Keyboard
    THERMALTA CHALLENGER ULT GAME-KYBRD
    Mouse
    RAZER DEATHADDER GAME MS BLK-ED
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    APC 1000VA -
    LGELECOEM LG 14X SATA BD BURNER -
    CORSAIR SP120 Fans x 3 -
    NZXT 5.25 USB3 BAY CARD READER -
    HAUPPAUGE COLOSSUS
The beauty of Action Center is that if you want to access it and see info you missed, you can
Such as.... Not all App keep a record of Toast Messages.
Example, Storm Warnings,, sure, once they have passed they aren't really needed, but can be nice to know if you missed one out of curiosity.

But there are many other reasons.

I have 3 email accounts I watch, they aren't desperately important, but mainly used spam catching sites that I may want to register and see a thing or 2 and be done with it and don't want my main personal account trashed. (Common Practice I know, but explained anyway)
I can make all those tiny, and still see what is important.
I got rid of the settings icon I did have, as there is an All Settings Link there as well
Getting rid of a battery icon as well, as the percentage is shown under there also.

The Action Center is useful as it is now.
But I have a feeling that it will become even more useful over time.

Twitter, I am not sure what people are talking about here
My Twitter feed updates in the People HUB just fine.
What is annoying is that everyone I follow was showing up in my Contacts till I figured out how to hide them.
But I am not, never have been a big tweeter :p
I don't do Facebook anyway.

You can also use Cortana to open Pinned sites if you have any.

If you are going to start Dev'ing,, do yourself and everyone else a favor and,,,
Get rid of unnecessary requirements and list the reasons why the ones you might use, will be used for.
Can't stand seeing Apps that have every dang thing under the sun enabled when they really only need one or 2 or none at all.
I won't install them, don't need them that badly.
It's a sign of lazy coding, or over zealous data mining.

It's a tad redundant to me to have an expired storm warning notification. It's like having it there just to have it there to say you have it there. If it's not relevant and needed information, no need for it.

The thing that annoys me now with the People hub as a facebook user (have a twitter account, regret that decision, will delete it), before I wanted to post something to facebook or view an image someone else posted; I could easily do it within the People hub. Now, it's almost quite useless because if I want to post to facebook, it opens the facebook app to the post screen. If I'm going through the People hub to see the newsfeed and tap on an image to make it larger or even just like it, nope, opens the facebook app. It's a huge pain in the eyeball. It's like, why even have the social integration into the People hub now? Half of its use is gone now...

I agree with that. Or even with apps that don't have the right things enabled, like the app title bar to show the time. That's kind of a thing I'd rather see enabled.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
It's a tad redundant to me to have an expired storm warning notification
LOL, the weather forecast from yesterday is always accurate.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
As posted on the other thread > I have updated my Lumia 1520 to 8.1. Looks like all went well. All my data, settings, and home/start screen was saved. First thing I did was go through settings. I'm quite impressed with the additions. I'll need a good week to get through it all. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1
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