Top business apps for Windows Phone

December 28th, 2015

WindowsPhone_Dec16_AThere are over 600,000 Windows Phone applications that have been produced to date. Yes, many of these apps are of bad quality and outdated but, if you look through the Windows Phone Store carefully, you’ll find that it has everything you need for your day-to-day business activities. There are apps for you whether you’re looking to stay productive when you’re away from the office, schedule meetings with business contacts, or store files securely in the cloud. Here’s a list of our top recommended Windows Phones business apps.

Box

As the name implies, Box is an application that handles all of your file storage needs. The free version gives you 10GB free storage and supports over 100 file formats, including Word, Excel, PDF, PSD, and more. Box makes it easy for you to securely store, manage, and work with all of your files and documents whenever and wherever you are, whether it’s from your desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

GMaps+

While many smartphone users are familiar with the famous Google Maps application, it is not available on the Windows Phone platform. But GMaps+ is a great alternative, offering users a complete Google Maps experience with many additional features, including a revamped design, 3D maps and 3D compass mode, live traffic conditions, the ability to view directions through third-party apps such as Waze and Nokia Drive, and so much more.

LastPass

Do you have trouble trying to memorize all the passwords for your various online services and email accounts? Then LastPass can be a real lifesaver, with its ability to securely store access credentials on your Windows Phone. LastPass features multi-factor authentication, password generation, and password sync. The only password you have to remember is LastPass’s master password, because it will fill your account IDs and passwords for you.

CamScanner

The CamScanner app essentially transforms your Windows Phone into a portable scanner, allowing you to scan, store, sync, and collaborate on paper documents, bills, receipts, physical business cards, and more. Recognized as the industry’s most powerful document scanning and sharing app, CamScanner truly makes digitizing physical documents as easy as opening the app and taking a picture.

Time Stamp

Time Stamp is a powerful work time tracker app that has an intuitive user interface and is rich in functionality. It allows you to track your work time in just two taps on your Windows Phone device. Time Stamp’s detailed reports show your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly work time accrual. You can also use Time Stamp to track overtime work, record public holidays and leave days, and export data in Excel format.

Zoho Expense

For many companies, expense reporting and reimbursement processes come with many challenges, such as lost receipts, long processing times, and violations of expense policies. With Zoho Expense, you can easily automate business and travel expense management, dramatically reducing the time required to record receipts and prepare expense reports by digitizing your papers. Zoho Expense is ideal for sales reps, managers, and finance departments.

Want to learn how to implement Windows Phone into your business? Contact us today - we’re sure we can help.

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September 24th, 2015

WindowsPhone_Sep23_AWith October 6th’s much-anticipated Microsoft Event approaching, Windows Phone users are looking forward to the release of the tech giant’s new flagship - the Lumia 950. This latest release from the Lumia family is expected to come with powerful hardware and a premium polycarbonate body.

Microsoft has been working hard on developing the Lumia 950, the first smartphone to utilize its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The rumors about the Microsoft Lumia 950, codenamed “Talkman”, have been around for a good while now. Here’s what you need to know about the tech giant’s latest smartphone product.

Design and display

Rumor has it that the latest Lumia 950 will come with a metal frame, coated with matte white or black polycarbonate, with a thickness of just 8.89mm thickness. The device will sport a 5.2-inch screen display, with a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

Hardware

The Lumia 950 is going to boast a 64-bit Hexa core, most likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, as well as 3GB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 32GB. Users have the option of expanding the memory with a microSD card.

Camera

Microsoft will integrate a powerful 20-megapixel PureView primary rear camera, capable of shooting high-definition video, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional features include optical image stabilization, autofocus, and social media geotagging.

Battery

It is said that Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 will incorporate Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, allowing for faster battery charging (up to 60% within just 30 minutes). The Lumia 950 will be equipped with a detachable 3,000mAh battery, so you can expect it to last for a full day, even with heavy use.

Price and release date

Although Microsoft hasn’t yet revealed the exact price or a release date for the upcoming Lumia 950, the price point is expected to rival that of the iPhone 6s. The release date is most likely to be on October 10, the very same day Microsoft plans to launch its brand new operating system for smartphones, Windows 10 Mobile.

Overall, the Lumia 950 comes with plenty of improvements that Windows Phone fans will love. It is faster, lasts longer, and is more stable. Want to learn more about Windows Phone and how to use it in your office? Get in touch today.

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August 4th, 2015

WindowsPhone_Aug3_AAfter introducing the Windows Insider Program last year, allowing Microsoft users to sign up for an early build of Windows OS previously only accessible to developers, the tech giant has now introduced a preview to Windows 10 with a new Windows Insider OS, the build 10149. To that end, let’s take a look at some of the new features in build 10149 to see if it’s worth installing.

Microsoft Edge

The first thing you’ll notice in this build is a brand new browser, Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is set to replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser on Windows 10 PCs, smartphones and tablets. It is integrated with Cortana and OneDrive, and also includes annotation tools, reading mode, and the option to browse websites in either mobile or desktop view. Do note that Microsoft Edge has a new app ID, meaning favorites, cookies, history and reading-list items that you saved in the Project Spartan app will be lost after upgrading.

General UX improvements

Among the many refinements in this build is the clear and crisp Start screen. Visuals and icons such as volume controls are updated and are more responsive to use, and the navigation bar can now be hidden. Microsoft has also fixed issues like text notifications not appearing for incoming messages, as well as apps that couldn’t be installed or updated.

Cortana refinements

The build 10149 sees Cortana’s Notebook in its final stage, with combined Profile and Settings experience. You can now send an email by saying everything at once - such as who you want to email (you can give the names of multiple recipients), the subject of the email, and what you want your message to say. And with an Internet connection, you can also make corrections with your voice - though this only works for US English right now.

Flash to flashlight

One of the most popular requests of Microsoft from its users was to add a Flashlight “quick action” to allow you to turn your phone’s camera flash into a flashlight, and that’s exactly what they’ve added. To enable this feature, simply open Action Center and expand Quick Actions.

Improved Photos app

The update to the Photos app includes new capabilities such as support for animated GIFs (which works with phones with at least 16GB of RAM). Links to your saved photos, screenshots, and camera roll are also available on the Albums page.

Overall, the build 10149 looks to be an important turning point for Windows 10 Mobile. It is faster and more stable, and comes with plenty of improvements that enhance practicality for everyday use. To try it out, make sure you’re part of the Windows Insider Program by signing up here. Looking to learn more about the benefits of Windows Phone? Contact us today; we’re sure we can help.

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