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  1. steve_w_7's Avatar
    I am getting ready to jump from Windows Phone to the iPhone and I still plan on using all of my Microsoft services (Outlook, OneNote, One Drive, etc.)

    I am wondering if there is anyone out there who has done this (or has attempted to do this) and how you made out? Has Microsoft made the transition as easy as it appears to be? From my perspective, there seems to be no downside.
    02-18-2015 06:01 PM
  2. rdubmu's Avatar
    I went from 4 years of windows phone (HD7, Titan 2, Lumia 920) to iPhone 5s and now 6 plus. I find the Microsoft apps outside of One Note, better on iPhone than on windows phone. Office is much better and it integrates nicely with one drive. Email works great, and you can download the outlook app, or use built in. You will be happy with Microsoft services on the iPhone. 100% satisfied. I did find one note to be better on windows phone

    Outlook.com doesn't play as nicely with android with contacts and calendar...


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  3. David Ginsburg's Avatar
    I didn't make the jump to iphone, but jumped to Android. I use Outlook and OneDrive along with office, MSN money and sports.

    While I miss the tiles and some of the functionality of the windows phone and cortana, all my microsoft services work really well. The new outlook app while missing a few features I would like works really well. OneDrive = no problems. Office = no problems.

    Minus some of the WP phone features, I haven't missed the microsoft features. They are better than what is currently offered. WP10 will probably bring them on par with ios and android.
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    02-18-2015 07:27 PM
  4. dgr_874's Avatar
    I have an iPhone 6 plus that I go back and forth from my Lumia 1520 with no issues. In some ways, the apps even work better. Like when I email myself my paystub every two weeks in a PDF, I can save that PDF directly to my OneDrive on the iPhone. I have to do some crazy things to eventually save it on my Lumia. Word works great and so does the MSN apps (news, sports, food and drink etc.)

    Other than the live tiles and Cortland (both I like very much), I have not found any downside to using Microsoft apps on an iPhone. Some even work better.

    PM me if you have any specific questions.
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    02-18-2015 07:42 PM
  5. rdubmu's Avatar
    I went from 4 years of windows phone (HD7, Titan 2, Lumia 920) to iPhone 5s and now 6 plus. I find the Microsoft apps outside of One Note, better on iPhone than on windows phone. Office is much better and it integrates nicely with one drive. Email works great, and you can download the outlook app, or use built in. You will be happy with Microsoft services on the iPhone. 100% satisfied. I did find one note to be better on windows phone

    Outlook.com doesn't play as nicely with android with contacts and calendar...


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    02-18-2015 08:33 PM
  6. Mike Gibson's Avatar
    I transitioned my wife from a 920 and SurfaceRT to an iPhone 6+ and iPad 2 a few weeks ago after her 920's battery started going bad (or something in the power system). We're light users of phones and tablets so I can't comment on everything but, for the stuff we use, she's doing fine. Some comments:

    1. OneNote works fine on both devices (for viewing her recipes in the kitchen)
    2. OneDrive appears to work fine on both devices
    3. She likes having email and texts synchronized between the iPhone and iPad
    4. If security was a concern then the fingerprint reader on her iPhone would be great

    The downsides to the transition:

    a. No freaking shutter button to rapidly wake up in camera mode and take pictures
    b. No way to place specific contacts on her start screen (e.g. our daughter, me, and Home)
    c. Transferring contacts from the phone to iCloud was a pain in the a**
    d. Contacts in general are a pain on iOS
    e. iOS versions of the apps we use are not necessarily better their WP8 versions (e.g. Fly Delta)

    I can say from our limited experience that neither of us is feeling the Apple Magic(TM) with these iOS devices. They're just different and not necessarily more intuitive. The lack of a shutter button is a what-were-they-thinking omission in such an expensive device, imho, and even though the iPhone 6+ is supposed to have OIS we don't think it takes better photos than her 920.

    Anyway, I wanted to have all three ecosystems in our house. I have WP81, she now has iOS, and our daughter is a long-time Android user (Galaxy Note 4).
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    02-18-2015 09:04 PM
  7. steve_w_7's Avatar
    So, I visited an Apple Store for the first time in my life over the weekend. I'll have to admit that it felt icky when I first walked in, but that all went away rather quickly once I started talking with one of the salespeople.

    After spending a long time playing with the devices and asking questions, I have decided that I am going to leave Windows Phone for the iPhone 6. There are a few things that I will miss about WP, but none of them are deal-breakers. The main thing is Cortana. She really is that much better than Siri. The other thing that I found that I will miss is the People Hub. Microsoft has done a really good job with that part of the OS. Unfortunately, the way things have been progressing over the years, I would expect to see them abandon the People Hub in the near future anyway. It's really one of the last remaining features that really set this operating system apart when I picked up my first Windows Phone back in 2010 and I'm afraid it will go the way of the Me tile, and the old Photos Hub. It's a shame, really.

    So anyway, thanks to everyone who helped out with my questions. Microsoft services-wise, this will be a very smooth transition. And you know that feeling of disappointment that every WP user has pre-loaded into their gut -- you know, those nagging questions: "Will that new app/home automation device/web cam, etc. be available for WP?", "What is the next app that's going to pull support from the platform?", "Will my phone get the latest update?", "Will the next flagship be available on my carrier?", "Next year, things will be better, right?" That feeling is gone now and it feels pretty good.
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    02-23-2015 12:06 PM
  8. mjrtoo's Avatar
    So, I visited an Apple Store for the first time in my life over the weekend. I'll have to admit that it felt icky when I first walked in, but that all went away rather quickly once I started talking with one of the salespeople.

    After spending a long time playing with the devices and asking questions, I have decided that I am going to leave Windows Phone for the iPhone 6. There are a few things that I will miss about WP, but none of them are deal-breakers. The main thing is Cortana. She really is that much better than Siri. The other thing that I found that I will miss is the People Hub. Microsoft has done a really good job with that part of the OS. Unfortunately, the way things have been progressing over the years, I would expect to see them abandon the People Hub in the near future anyway. It's really one of the last remaining features that really set this operating system apart when I picked up my first Windows Phone back in 2010 and I'm afraid it will go the way of the Me tile, and the old Photos Hub. It's a shame, really.

    So anyway, thanks to everyone who helped out with my questions. Microsoft services-wise, this will be a very smooth transition. And you know that feeling of disappointment that every WP user has pre-loaded into their gut -- you know, those nagging questions: "Will that new app/home automation device/web cam, etc. be available for WP?", "What is the next app that's going to pull support from the platform?", "Will my phone get the latest update?", "Will the next flagship be available on my carrier?", "Next year, things will be better, right?" That feeling is gone now and it feels pretty good.
    How about ttransferring anything via Bluetooth, or, saving file types other than
    .jpg in an email? Important to you?
    02-23-2015 12:17 PM
  9. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    I tried to use an iPhone and Microsoft services while the services work fine. The experience itself just felt bland. I'm still loyal to the OS though.
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    02-23-2015 12:32 PM
  10. steve_w_7's Avatar
    How about ttransferring anything via Bluetooth, or, saving file types other than
    .jpg in an email? Important to you?
    Bluetooth transfer not important. I've never done that before.

    Please explain the 'saving file types other than .jpg in an email' question? Are you saying if someone sends me an Excel file or a PDF or a Word doc via email that I won't be able to save it to my one drive?
    02-23-2015 12:34 PM
  11. TonyDedrick's Avatar
    I'm getting ready to jump to Android and I'll continue to use MS services (OneDrive and Outlook).
    02-23-2015 12:38 PM
  12. ianberg's Avatar
    I have a WP, two iPads and a Win8.1 laptop No issues with using Microsoft services on any of these devices as designed. All I'd ask is to have ability to finger-sketch in OneNote on iPad like I can on the laptop (I'm not going to buy a Surface just for that)

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    02-23-2015 12:42 PM
  13. steve_w_7's Avatar
    I tried to use an iPhone and Microsoft services while the services work fine. The experience itself just felt bland.
    I will admit that is a true statement @Superboy Micah. If you want a good laugh, go to the iMore site and browse their "Show Us Your Home Screen" thread. It's just post after post of nearly identical home screens. Compare that to the similar thread on Windows Central. Windows Phone is so much more personable and I will definitely miss that aspect of the OS. However, I have dabbled in jailbreaking an older iPod touch in the past and I might wander down that rabbit hole again if I get too bored. There are some pretty cool themes that you can play with.
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    02-23-2015 12:46 PM
  14. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Bluetooth transfer not important. I've never done that before.

    Please explain the 'saving file types other than .jpg in an email' question? Are you saying if someone sends me an Excel file or a PDF or a Word doc via email that I won't be able to save it to my one drive?
    You can certainly open PDF's on an iPhone, but I do not believe you can save them to your phone and then 'share' them to a cloud service like you can on WP. Especially other file types, like .zip files etc.

    I'd have them demo that to you...
    02-23-2015 04:34 PM
  15. theefman's Avatar
    I will admit that is a true statement @Superboy Micah. If you want a good laugh, go to the iMore site and browse their "Show Us Your Home Screen" thread. It's just post after post of nearly identical home screens. Compare that to the similar thread on Windows Central. Windows Phone is so much more personable and I will definitely miss that aspect of the OS. However, I have dabbled in jailbreaking an older iPod touch in the past and I might wander down that rabbit hole again if I get too bored. There are some pretty cool themes that you can play with.
    Any chance of a link to that thread? Thanks.

    You can certainly open PDF's on an iPhone, but I do not believe you can save them to your phone and then 'share' them to a cloud service like you can on WP. Especially other file types, like .zip files etc.

    I'd have them demo that to you...
    Pretty sure you can, especially as they have support for onedrive, box and dropbox in office on ios.
    02-23-2015 04:55 PM
  16. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Any chance of a link to that thread? Thanks.



    Pretty sure you can, especially as they have support for onedrive, box and dropbox in office on ios.
    You can open them, but save to them, I'd double check.
    02-23-2015 05:23 PM
  17. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Any chance of a link to that thread? Thanks.

    Here you go: Show us your iPhone 5S Homescreen: - iPhone, iPad, iPod Forums at iMore.com

    Compare to this for WP: http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...lor-theme.html
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    02-23-2015 05:43 PM
  18. steve_w_7's Avatar
    You can certainly open PDF's on an iPhone, but I do not believe you can save them to your phone and then 'share' them to a cloud service like you can on WP. Especially other file types, like .zip files etc.

    I'd have them demo that to you...

    I have verified that you can, indeed, save files from email to OneDrive.
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    02-23-2015 05:45 PM
  19. theefman's Avatar
    02-23-2015 05:49 PM
  20. mjrtoo's Avatar
    I have verified that you can, indeed, save files from email to OneDrive.
    I would be interested in your actual real world experience when you get your phone.
    02-24-2015 11:07 AM
  21. steve_w_7's Avatar
    I would be interested in your actual real world experience when you get your phone.
    Sure. If anyone is interested, I'll pop in and share my honest thoughts.
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    02-25-2015 12:19 PM
  22. RushabK's Avatar
    steve_w_7:

    I made the switch from a 1520 to an iPhone 6 Plus a few weeks ago and wrote my initial experience in another thread. I can tell you that all MS services work well. Apple def has the best app store hands down. I even found business productivity to be easier on the iPhone. You can save all types of files to OneDrive and to One Note including web clippings and URLs. The drop down notification center has two sections (Today and Notifications). I do enjoy the widgets in the Today section. Definitely search for widgets in the App store. The widgets in the Today section kind-of replace the live tiles, and I say that with extreme reservation. Camera is great...faster than the 1520's camera, but 1520's quality is better especially in low light settings. The IPhone's swipe up control center is useful as well. I initially thought the fingerprint scanner was a gimmick, but now have come to realize that this is pretty revolutionary, especially when apps are allowing you to use it instead of passwords. It's probably one of my top two features I like on the iPhone. I put all my iPhone app icons in folders and have everything on one screen so that I do not have to swipe to different screens looking for apps. Another interesting thing I observed while owning the iPhone is that I couldn't believe how long I tolerated the phantom touchscreen on the 1520. After using this phone without constant "accidental" taps that would unwantedly open up apps and links on websites, I realized that it was my true love for MS that I tolerated this phantom touchscreen issue.

    Things you will miss: Definitely Cortana, but I have to admit that Siri isn't as bad as people made her out to be on this site. Secondly, you will miss the Live Tiles. Even though Xbox Music is terrible on WP, it's worse on the iPhone and so you might miss that. Finally, although the iPhone OneDrive app is set on auto upload in the background, it seems that I still have to open the app time to time to get the upload process to work. I find this a little annoying.

    I will always be a fan of MS...even my wife would joke that I am a MS employee due to my fan boy passion. But, like you, I was getting impatient waiting for MS to blow the competition away. W10 will be amazing, but it will need a few years for developers to get on board. When that time comes, I will return.
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    02-26-2015 07:23 PM
  23. Witness's Avatar
    Everyone else here has provided some great feedback. I'll just add my two cents since I'm currently using an iPhone 6 and will be switching back to the 920 occasionally.

    MS apps on iOS works very well and certainly makes it easier to move back and forth. So long as you keep your contacts on Outlook, or GMail (etc), your contacts and appointments will be very portable.

    Using iOS for a couple months now, I would say the only things I liked about the iPhone is the availability of apps and the slo-mo function of the camera. That's it. Interface is cumbersome and dated. Windows Phone's interface/navigation, Cortana, dedicated camera button is what I miss the most. So really, you got Apple whose phone has lots of apps, but the phone sucks (especially the Bluetooth) and you got Microsoft whose phone doesn't have a lot of apps, but the phone is fantastic.

    Good luck.
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    02-26-2015 07:41 PM
  24. steve_w_7's Avatar
    So I got the iPhone 6 +. I have had it for just under 24 hours and thought I would share my initial impressions.

    I'm surprised by how underwhelmed I am with the phone. I've only ever had Windows Phone and have been constantly barraged by people telling me how much better iPhone is. I know it's early, but I'm not exactly blown away by the experience quite yet.

    From what I can tell so far, Microsoft apps and services work well and Outlook mail, contacts and calendar loaded without a hitch. The one thing that I am having an issue with is my Facebook friends loading to my contacts. There seems to be some sort of restriction on who and what gets loaded. My contacts app is only recognizing about 10% of my FB contact information. I'm going to the Apple store this afternoon to see if I can get that sorted out.

    One of the the things that I am really going to miss about WP is the People Hub. I liked being able to see my contacts' photos from the main screen and navigation is so much better, not to mention the News Feed and the groups all in one place. My fear is that Microsoft will kill the People Hub eventually as that seems to be the direction the OS is going. Enjoy it while you can because it really is a fantastic feature.

    So, if I had to make a choice after just one day (I know that's not a fair amount of time, but just saying) whether I was going to keep the iPhone or go back to WP, at this point I would go back to WP without much hesitation. Windows Phone is just so much more personable than iPhone is. But, I'm going to give this a fair and open minded 14 days trial. I'll keep you posted...
    02-27-2015 11:57 AM
  25. RushabK's Avatar
    I completely forgot to point that out about the FB contacts. The iPhone contact integration is terrible compared to WP. I too only have about 10% of my FB contacts being pulled in. Most people with an iPhone have this issue, but it's not broadcasted since most iPhone users have never enjoyed a WP and therefore do not know what they are missing. Also, the linking of contacts is not as fluent as it is on WP. I've even had some of my LinkedIn contacts mess up my exchange contacts when linking. WP linking never caused FB, LinkedIn and Address Book contacts to overwrite each other's data, but iPhone did that to me.
    02-27-2015 04:09 PM
  26. steve_w_7's Avatar
    I completely forgot to point that out about the FB contacts. The iPhone contact integration is terrible compared to WP. I too only have about 10% of my FB contacts being pulled in. Most people with an iPhone have this issue, but it's not broadcasted since most iPhone users have never enjoyed a WP and therefore do not know what they are missing. Also, the linking of contacts is not as fluent as it is on WP. I've even had some of my LinkedIn contacts mess up my exchange contacts when linking. WP linking never caused FB, LinkedIn and Address Book contacts to overwrite each other's data, but iPhone did that to me.
    Yes. This turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. Not a dealbreaker (yet), but once you are used to the WP People Hub, it's really hard not to have that information all in one place.

    I went to the Apple store today and they had no clue that the issue existed and offered no solution. I did find an app that aggregates all that info, but it's just another app and it feels tacked-on.
    Last edited by steve_w_7; 02-27-2015 at 06:44 PM.
    02-27-2015 06:30 PM
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