I used to think that “tiles” referred to flooring or mahjongg. There is a new use for TILE – that has to do with the new Windows 7 Phones. The Tiles on this phone are “live” and you can see everything quickly that you care about.
The Windows 7 Phone is now available on all 4 major cell phone carriers (Verizon was the last one to bring a phone into the game – the HTC Trophy). Is this innovation or just making a “go” at the competition (iPhone and Droid)? The Microsoft people tell me it is the former. It will increase the user’s productivity and it supports existing infrastructure (i.e. it is using the same platform and programs including email that your business has). No high maintenance support is needed by your IT staff in supporting your use of the Windows 7 phone. Click here to read business customer reviews.
Windows 7 phone has an enhanced integration and interface with other programs on the phone, most notably Office 2010. And, in case you weren’t aware, Office 2010 (on your computer or this new phone) integrates social networking into Outlook 2010 in that it brings your contacts and Facebook together in one place – the People Hub. You can even update your profiles in one fell swoop across your social media sites.
Now, for those of you who don’t place a lot of emphasis on the People Hub aspect, ponder this about the new Windows 7 phone: Office Mobile. It includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It also includes OneNote Mobile which will synchronize wirelessly to the web. And, lastly, for those of you familiar with SharePoint Workspace, it is now Mobile. Let’s increase your productivity even more while away from the office – ok?! You can view and edit Office documents and save them back to your company’s SharePoint site.
Windows 7 Phone – it’s not just a new phone. It’s a productivity enhancing tool. It’s a “1 stop device.” Really!
I was on pins and needles since March waiting for Verizon to introduce their Windows 7 phone and I got mine on June 2nd. It has been easy to use and I just need to figure out how to get it to work with my kids’ Xbox 360 and my Zune.