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  1. tositem's Avatar
    Check out Rooms here: Use Rooms and Groups | Windows Phone How-to (United States)

    And the Rooms and Groups FAQ which details some of the limitations: Rooms and Groups FAQ | Windows Phone How-to (United States)

    And here's how to access Rooms in Windows Phone 7 and iPhone: Rooms on Windows Phone 7 and iPhone | Windows Phone How-to (United States) - but it has a number of limitations (all features are in WP8, group chat is missing in WP7 and iPhone, nothing for Android).

    I love Rooms since my wife and I can share multiple grocery lists (grocery store, warehouse store, etc.), share private photos, IMs and such. I use Groups to keep track of social networking and emails from certain groups of people. I use Rooms for more closely-tied interactions. I hope that helps.
    01-04-2013 03:59 AM
  2. tositem's Avatar
    Like everyone, i surf the internet a lot. But it's kinda frustrating to close the EI, because when you hit the back button, it'll take you to the previous page. And you have to go backward after the first page comes out and finally close the EI.

    So, i changed the browser setting, toggled the address' bar button from 'stop/refresh' to 'tabs', and everytime i want to close the EI, i just simply hit the tab button, tap the close icon on the tab overview, and hit the back button, and it closes.

    Not the most practical, i know, but this 3-times-tapping is time saver rather than tapping the back button a hundreds times. Hope it'll help. 😊

    Maybe anyone has another tips?
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    01-04-2013 07:36 AM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    Like everyone, i surf the internet a lot. But it's kinda frustrating to close the EI, because when you hit the back button, it'll take you to the previous page. And you have to go backward after the first page comes out and finally close the EI.

    So, i changed the browser setting, toggled the address' bar button from 'stop/refresh' to 'tabs', and everytime i want to close the EI, i just simply hit the tab button, tap the close icon on the tab overview, and hit the back button, and it closes.

    Not the most practical, i know, but this 3-times-tapping is time saver rather than tapping the back button a hundreds times. Hope it'll help. 

    Maybe anyone has another tips?
    There is no "need" to back out of IE. This is not Android, where you have to manage memory and processor time. This is Windows Phone, where the phone does the work. Unless you want to back out of IE so that someone can't see what page you were looking at, you can just hit the start button and be back at the start screen.

    With the exception of apps that use certain services, (location, audio playback / streaming, VOIP?), when you hit the start button, apps are suspended - they are kept in memory, but do not use any processing resources. If the number of suspended apps exceeds a certain number (I think 7 in WP8 - it was 5 in WP7), the oldest one is tombstoned - current state saved in storage (provided the developer programmed it to do this), and the app is removed from memory. If resources are needed, apps can be tombstoned from suspended even if they don't exceed that number (7?). Other than the apps that are allowed background processing, apps do NOT run in the background like they do on Android, so you gain zero resources/battery life by killing apps with the back button. Some examples of apps which use the background services are Nokia Drive, Skype, and the music hub and/or Nokia Music.

    So don't stress about closing IE. And welcome to Windows Phone. Welcome home from the wild west.
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    01-04-2013 07:54 AM
  4. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    @hopmedic
    I just did a little test and with WP8 you can go up to 6 suspended apps before the oldest one gets tombstoned. So you were close.
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    01-04-2013 07:19 PM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    @hopmedic
    I just did a little test and with WP8 you can go up to 6 suspended apps before the oldest one gets tombstoned. So you were close.
    Keep in mind that memory used has something to do with it, so it could be 7 if they are all small memory-footprint apps. I'm almost 100% positive I've seen 7 written somewhere.
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    01-05-2013 12:08 PM
  6. tositem's Avatar
    There is no "need" to back out of IE. This is not Android, where you have to manage memory and processor time. This is Windows Phone, where the phone does the work....

    ...So don't stress about closing IE. And welcome to Windows Phone. Welcome home from the wild west.
    Thank you so much for your resourceful info & explanation :)

    Been a week with my Lumia, and love it more by each day! Hahaha.. Seems like i already forget where did i put my AcroS.

    Thank you again, much appreciate it!
    01-06-2013 02:37 PM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    Thank you so much for your resourceful info & explanation :)

    Been a week with my Lumia, and love it more by each day! Hahaha.. Seems like i already forget where did i put my AcroS.

    Thank you again, much appreciate it!
    You're welcome. Welcome to Windows Phone. ;)
    01-06-2013 10:38 PM
  8. mapleleafs89's Avatar
    Something I haven't figured out. When you play music in xbox music, and you send it to the background and start changing the volume. The banner at the top comes down with the volume, ringer settings, and the music with next pause back functions. I go into the music player, hit the pause button (as there is no stop) and then double tap the back button to close the music app. But when I hit the volume rocker again the music controls are still there with the song I stopped it at.

    Anyone know how to get that to go away?
    01-06-2013 11:52 PM
  9. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    Check out Rooms here: Use Rooms and Groups | Windows Phone How-to (United States)

    And the Rooms and Groups FAQ which details some of the limitations: Rooms and Groups FAQ | Windows Phone How-to (United States)

    And here's how to access Rooms in Windows Phone 7 and iPhone: Rooms on Windows Phone 7 and iPhone | Windows Phone How-to (United States) - but it has a number of limitations (all features are in WP8, group chat is missing in WP7 and iPhone, nothing for Android).

    I love Rooms since my wife and I can share multiple grocery lists (grocery store, warehouse store, etc.), share private photos, IMs and such. I use Groups to keep track of social networking and emails from certain groups of people. I use Rooms for more closely-tied interactions. I hope that helps.
    "People with a Windows Phone 7 or an iPhone can join your room, but their experience will be a bit different. They'll be able to set up and use the shared calendar on their phones, but group chat is only available on Windows Phone 8 (and the other features work best on Windows Phone 8)."
    Does this mean people that don't have WP8 can't join your chat group, or does it mean that WP8 is the only Windows phone that offers the Group Chat feature from within the People Hub?
    01-07-2013 02:05 PM
  10. msdugn's Avatar
    "People with a Windows Phone 7 or an iPhone can join your room, but their experience will be a bit different. They'll be able to set up and use the shared calendar on their phones, but group chat is only available on Windows Phone 8 (and the other features work best on Windows Phone 8)."
    Does this mean people that don't have WP8 can't join your chat group, or does it mean that WP8 is the only Windows phone that offers the Group Chat feature from within the People Hub?
    It's the former - Without WP8, you can't join into a group chat. Technically, it's because chat is based on Messenger protocol - which was never implemented into the WP7.x and iPad/iPhone platforms. For a customer, it's a painful shortcoming.
    Last edited by msdugn; 01-07-2013 at 06:41 PM.
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    01-07-2013 02:54 PM
  11. msdugn's Avatar
    Something I haven't figured out. When you play music in xbox music, and you send it to the background and start changing the volume. The banner at the top comes down with the volume, ringer settings, and the music with next pause back functions. I go into the music player, hit the pause button (as there is no stop) and then double tap the back button to close the music app. But when I hit the volume rocker again the music controls are still there with the song I stopped it at.

    Anyone know how to get that to go away?
    It doesn't go away until you reboot the phone. Whether or not it's desireable, this is the design of both Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8 - and Microsoft's way of providing you super-quick access to resuming your music if - at any time in the past - you were playing it.
    Last edited by msdugn; 01-07-2013 at 06:42 PM.
    01-07-2013 02:55 PM
  12. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    It doesn't go away until you reboot the phone. Whether or not it's desireable, this is the design of both Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8 - and Microsoft's way of providing you super-quick access to resuming your music if - at any time in the past - you were playing it.
    No need to reboot the phone. Just opening certain apps will clear it. I haven't been able to keep track of which apps though. Believe me, I use tunein on daily basis so I know what you're talking about.
    01-07-2013 09:51 PM
  13. irspecere's Avatar
    Something I haven't figured out. When you play music in xbox music, and you send it to the background and start changing the volume. The banner at the top comes down with the volume, ringer settings, and the music with next pause back functions. I go into the music player, hit the pause button (as there is no stop) and then double tap the back button to close the music app. But when I hit the volume rocker again the music controls are still there with the song I stopped it at.

    Anyone know how to get that to go away?
    There are a couple apps that will help with this:
    STOP THE MUSIC (I use this one pinned to my Home screen): Stop the Music! | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    KILL MY MUSIC (free): Kill My Music | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
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    01-07-2013 10:29 PM
  14. weepatc's Avatar
    I have apps for the Lock Screen, but do not see weather. Does anyone know if I need a certain weather app to get this (Nokia Lumia 822)?
    You have to open the app in the Lockscreen settings page. There is a button under the apps list. Have you tried that? Obviously you need a weather app. that supports this though.
    01-10-2013 04:49 AM
  15. weepatc's Avatar
    If you have a lot of tiles on your home screen & want to return to the top quickly, hit the Windows button to save unnecessary scrolling. This takes you back to the top tiles in a flash.
    01-10-2013 04:54 AM
  16. msdugn's Avatar
    Not happy that your app list is longer since you installed enough apps to have WP8 add the alphabet into your app list? Just hit the Search icon in the upper left-hand side to collapse the list for quicker scrolling.

    app-scroll-bar-collapsed.jpg

    Of course, you can always just tap a letter of the alphabet and jump right to the section you want also.

    alphabet-skip.jpg
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    01-10-2013 03:26 PM
  17. crav4speed's Avatar
    Did anyone else notice you can now send your location via messaging??

    I didn't notice this until today. It must have been included in the portico update. It sends your location using an attached picture of Bing maps... that's pretty cool!!!
    01-12-2013 11:04 PM
  18. corinthiandoom's Avatar
    Paper Shuffle is pretty good. I have over 50 pictures that automatically rotate through for my lock screen.
    01-16-2013 10:20 PM
  19. hopmedic's Avatar
    Did anyone else notice you can now send your location via messaging??

    I didn't notice this until today. It must have been included in the portico update. It sends your location using an attached picture of Bing maps... that's pretty cool!!!
    Yeah, sending voice notes is kewl as well. My wife loves getting them from me, but she's still on Trophy, so she can't send.
    01-16-2013 10:22 PM
  20. OneMoreBeerPLZ's Avatar
    Pressing the standby button and Windows key at the same time makes a screenshot and places it in a screenshot folder.
    01-21-2013 10:59 AM
  21. Snoke's Avatar
    If you have multiple apps opened. Holding the back button, brings up a screenshot of each which you can scroll & switch between them.

    Don't know if this is new to windowsphone8 from 7.
    How do you shut down these open apps - without having to touch each one and hit back button 2, 3, or even more times depending on how deep you went into the open app ?
    01-21-2013 12:31 PM
  22. Nategreat's Avatar
    Just switched to HTC 8x after android for years. I was incredibly nervous about it and my first day with the phone didn't help. I've had it for a week now and I'm blown away! WP8 is so great. I'm seriously loving this phone.

    And thanks for all the tips, it helps us noobs.
    01-21-2013 05:41 PM
  23. msdugn's Avatar
    How do you shut down these open apps - without having to touch each one and hit back button 2, 3, or even more times depending on how deep you went into the open app ?
    You don't shut down Windows Phone apps. They simply go dormant. Depending on the amount of free memory on your device, by the time the 6th or 7th app is loaded, the least-used app is closed by the phone operating system.

    Some people believe that if you repeatedly press the back button to get out of an app, that closes it, but that's not true. Pressing the back button to exit an app (vs. simply hitting the Windows button to go back to the home screen), just clobbers your ability to easily scroll through and return to previously-opened apps.
    hopmedic, Anne Ngo, Snoke and 1 others like this.
    01-21-2013 08:15 PM
  24. kutty japan's Avatar
    anyone having idea how to create a pencil tool in WP8?
    01-22-2013 05:28 AM
  25. Euan Mackinnon's Avatar
    hi people, i have asked this elsewhere but i am desperate to find a solution...

    is there anyway i can stream MP3s or download MP3s from a link to that MP3 posted on a website/forum/server list? On android it would download it or give options to stream, on ios it will stream through quicktime but on WP8 it says 'this file cannot be played on your phone'. I am definitly clicking on a link to an MP3.

    Thanks in advance
    01-22-2013 05:47 AM
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