Featuring a revamped interface, and its own centralized app market, Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s latest play in the smartphone game. But the platform isn’t just about fun. Like the maker of any other respectable smartphone platform, Microsoft hopes you will use its mobile operating system to get things done on the go. Here are twenty recommendations that should boost your productivity, and make completing tasks a little easier.
Why cram everything into your pocket gadget, when HomePipe promises turns your PC into a server you can access anywhere within network or WiFi coverage? The service installs an “agent” on a desktop or laptop, so that you can access your files stored on them through your phone. Need to pull up that report? Want to listen to that song you left at home? You can do so, so long as your Windows Phone 7 device has internet access.
Of course true understanding will never beat rote memorization, but your understanding needs a solid foundation, right? Flashcards turns your gadget into a memory-exercise device, featuring six preinstalled “decks” of flashcards covering topics like Cell Biology and Sports Trivia. Users peruse “cards” in Review Mode, then test their retention abilities in Quiz Mode. The app of course allows users to create their own custom decks as well.
Why turn on your computer for printing documents, when BreezyPrint can do so right from your Windows Phone 7 device? The app works with printers with wireless capability, normal wired counterparts, and even fax machines. Some special configuration is required to get everything working, and the free version will print out a watermark, but for businessmen who need to expand their printing options, BreezyPrint is a probable boon.
As a resource of endless information and a potential timewaster, the Internet can be problematic from a productivity standpoint. You have the report to file, but that headline is just too compelling to ignore. BackBurner lets you bookmark websites for later perusal. The app also syncs what you save with the Firefox web browser. Look through all that interesting content on your phone’s browser after a productive bout on the PC, or vice versa.
My Merchant turns any Windows Phone 7 device into a portable payment gateway. That’s geek speak for being able to accept payments from customers with credit cards or electronic checks, so long as your gadget can access the internet. The app literally makes it possible for users to set up shop anywhere within network or hotspot coverage. My Merchant works with Authorize.net, an accredited payment portal service that protects the information of your clients.
Managing information is a challenge for any organization, especially those requiring up-to-date and consistent data for daily operation. Socialwok promises easy collaboration for business Windows Phone 7 users. It lets people share messages, photos, and other kinds of files with teammates, and makes searching through company databases easy. Socialwok also integrates with Google Documents, and archives communications and transactions for later referral.
With many companies sharing PDF documents, the Adobe Reader for Windows Phone 7 is a must-have. The app opens the popular PDF file format, letting users zoom into specific portions, and even rotate the entire document on the gadget’s screen for a better view. So long as a Windows Phone 7 device can access a PDF, Adobe Reader will be able to open it for viewing.