contacts+message backup in Windows Phone 8.1

Note: To use this app, please go to Settings on your Windows Phone.  This app will NOT appear in your list of installed apps.

Contacts + Message Backup app is a Settings app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts (in VCF format) and messages (SMS & MMS including attachments) to SD card (in XML format) for later restore to same or another Windows Phone.

Backup is stored in ‘backup+restore’ folder on the SD card.

Known Issue: Restoring a backup of messages from a dual SIM Windows Phone restores all messages to message store for the first SIM/slot.

 

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Windows 10 Preview Build 10061 Released

Windows 10 Preview Build 10061 has been released by Microsoft.

You can upgrade your current preview build to this build via Windows Update. You can wait for your PCs normal installation time for Windows Updates and it will install automatically, or you can go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Updates and click the “Check for updates” button.

what’s new in this build

New Mail and Calendar apps: These new apps bring improved performance and a familiar three-pane email UI, with a toggle to quickly move between your email and calendar. Mail includes customizable Swipe Gestures, letting you swipe right or left to take actions like delete, flag, move or mark as read/unread. Also check out the new email authoring experience. Mail leverages the familiar and rich capability of Word to that allows you to easily insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and color to your text. Both the new Mail and Calendar apps support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, IMAP, POP and other popular accounts.

Start, Taskbar, and Action Center improvements: This build introduces the new black system theme across the Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. The Start menu and Taskbar now have transparency and you can also resize the Start menu. We’ve also enabled support for AutoColor which pulls the primary color from your desktop background. In the Settings app under Personalization, you can adjust the color of Start, Taskbar, and Action Center as well as transparency. Check these settings out and let us know what you think. And based on your feedback, we have moved the power button to the bottom left from the top right of the Start menu to make it more accessible.

Continuum improvements: The Taskbar is now more optimized for tablets. Entering Tablet Mode causes the Start button, Cortana, and the Task View buttons to all grow in size and space out to be more touchable. Items in the Notification area also widen to improve touchability. Also, pinned and running apps are removed by default to reduce clutter and simplify the experience. Start and Task View remain available for launching and switching. If you still prefer to see apps on your taskbar, there is an option under Tablet Mode in Settings to turn them back on. We also now offer a setting to boot directly into Tablet Mode. For tablets under 10 inches, this is the default behavior.

Task View improvements: We’ve made several visual updates to Task View. We’ve refined the window icons, the close buttons, and the thumbnails. These improvements also apply to Alt+Tab and Snap Assist. Task View gets a new icon on the Taskbar too.

Virtual Desktop improvements: You can create as many Virtual Desktops as you’d like! When you hit the limit of your display, a new overflow experience now lets you access any one of your desktops. Also, don’t forget that we are still eager to hear your feedback to determine the default behavior of the Taskbar across desktops.

 Issues  fixed in this build

  • We have fixed the issue where Indexing of new email in Outlook was not working.
  • We have fixed the issue with Hyper-V preventing you from enabling it.
  • Visual Studio will no longer crash when creating a new Universal app project.
  • We fixed a few issues in Project Spartan. You can now double-click on the titlebar to maximize. We have also made some tweaks to the alignment of the Favorites Bar so that the text and icons no longer appear partially below the bottom of the Favorites Bar.

Source

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10052 For Windows Phone Released

Here are the big things that have been fixed:

  • Flight mode can now be enabled.
  • You can now disable data connections.
  • fixed the bug in which your phone’s MMS settings were lost after upgrading from Build 9941.
  •  fixed the issue in which you couldn’t download keyboards for additional languages.
  • fixed the issue where the viewfinder in the Camera app gets composed incorrectly on some devices like the Lumia 1020

For Lumia 520 users:

Microsoft released an update to the Windows Phone Reset Tool that should get those impacted by the issue up and running. More information is available here. With this issue resolved problems with Lumia 520.

Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

Microsoft decided to build a native virtual desktop experience directly into Windows 10.Here are the keyboard shortcuts for creating Virtual Desktop in Windows 10:

  • WIN + CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT: Switch to previous or next desktop
  • WIN + CTRL + D: Create a new desktop
  • WIN + CTRL + F4: Close the current desktop
  • WIN + TAB: Launch task view

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Office 2016 for Mac Preview – April 14, 2015 Update

There is a very important  for Office 2016 for Mac Preview.To install this update, you must be running Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or a later version. This update provides the following fixes and improvements:

  • Outlook

    • Networking improvements for Exchange accounts
    • New “Propose New Time” feature: Meeting attendees can propose a new time for a meeting, and meeting organizers can view and modify meeting proposals and send updates.
    • Known bug fixes
  • Word

    • Scrolling performance improvements
    • New Macro recording feature
    • New search feature for online document templates
    • Proofing tools: New “custom dictionary” and “exclude dictionary” support
    • New user information settings in program preferences
    • Improved keyboard shortcuts: Support for the most popular Windows Word keyboard shortcuts
    • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
    • Performance improvements
    • Known bug fixes
  • Excel

    • New Analysis ToolPak
    • New “Solver” feature
    • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
    • Known bug fixes
  • PowerPoint

    • Accessibility feature: Improved support for VoiceOver
    • Known bug fixes

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My Experience with Windows Phone Build 10051

Last night I have installed Windows 10 Preview Build 10051 on my Nokia Lumia 720. Umm not a sweet experience for me. It’s buggy, occasional call drops, sluggish, sometimes windows button doesn’t respond, that’s really bad . The Settings and Background icons look alike. I can not access Office :( The Office Hub has been removed from this build. Without Office this phone makes no sense to me. I am bit lucky SD memory card is working and showing all my videos and pictures :).

I tried to enable airplane mode but status button is switching to off position every time. So Flight mode cannot be enabled. The lock screen image is not taking proper position. I use my mother’s photo-sadly her upper head portion is out of frame in spite of trying to adjust so many times. I am not sure if it’s a resolution thing.

It is consuming  battery more and getting hot. The open background applications are now at the right side, earlier they were on the left side. The Messaging app has a new visual design but Messaging is taking a long time to attach the recipient:) The People app is not showing the pictures on Start screen.

The Calculator looks nice :)  Email + accounts page has been removed from the Settings app Outlook Calendar and Outlook mail are simply superb. I have added my outlook and Gmail accounts  here.Strange enough my Cortana is working :) An early version of Project Spartan is available in this flight though I have not played much with it.

Data connections can’t be disabled in this build .The Phone dialler buttons are too small in comparison to my earlier windows 8.1

I know it’s an earlier build and in coming days all these problems will be fixed and many new things will be added. I don’t have any spare phone with me…I am planning to buy Lumia 730. If I don’t buy that then I shall go back to Windows 8.1 again,I can not experiment with my existing set-after all it’s a connecting bridge with my family ,friends and office.

 

 

 

Build 10051 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Windows phones Released

Microsoft has released Build 10051 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones.

 Devices supported with this build

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

 

Before enjoying Preview builds please go through the known issues of this build.

Check it here