Windows Phone 7 - can I switch off the iPhone yet?


One final check-list before turning the iPhone off:

  • Contacts - via Exchange - OK
  • Mail - via Exchange / Gmail - OK
  • Safari - will be so glad to see it gone - got IE
  • iPod - has Zune / podcasts loaded

Cloud is great.  Zune rocks.  Hurray no more iTunes.

Onto the apps:

  • Photos - sync Windows Live Photo Gallery - OK
  • Notes - HTC ships a notes / lists app, but I plan to use OneNote (sync to cloud)
  • Messages - nothing I need to keep
  • Facebook - has integrated, as well as app
  • Maps (Google) - to Bing Maps
  • Foursquare
  • Stocks - HTC ships a Stock app


  • Skype
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Kindle - collection online
  • Echofon - will be using official Twitter app
  • Urbanspoon
  • Blizzard authenticator - disconnected iPhone authenticator from account

Games - bought lots of games - if I have an urge to play them again I might buy it again… otherwise thanks for all the fun times

  • Carcassonne
  • Oregon Trail
  • Pocket God
  • Civ Revolution
  • Bejeweled 2
  • PuzzleQuest
  • Babel Rising
  • Angry Birds
  • PvZ
  • DoodleJump
  • Zombie Smash
  • Doodle God
  • Helsing's Fire

Windows Phone 7 - SharePoint and Exchange

This post is going to be a bit negative.  For users looking for Enterprise features in the first version of Windows Phone 7, I think I have to recommend wait.


The Office Tab

  • No out of box support for SharePoint 2007
  • No Windows Authentication (NTLM) for SharePoint 2010 - you will need to activate Forms Based Authentication



  • Same issue as previous Windows Mobile 6.5 in requiring a personal certificate to connect to your corporate Exchange.  I understand this is more secure, but when you could easily integrate with Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail but can't connect to your corporate Exchange it is a bit silly


On a positive note, the WP7 browser is excellent and renders both SP2007 and SP2010 perfectly.

Windows Phone 7 - need Zune

I love Zune software - it is so much better than iTunes.  But actually to use and synchronize your Windows Phone 7 you don't really need Zune at all.


This one area where it suddenly asked me to connect to Zune was to grab Podcasts.  Personally I kind of wished that the phone would just synchronize without connecting to a computer, but on the other hand, if you had lots of music on your computer or network, you'll need Zune to get it synchronized onto the phone.

Zune is just pretty, and detects all the iTunes library effortlessly.

Windows Phone 7 : Facebook error 85FB4400

Connecting and synchronizing my Windows Phone 7 - most things are smooth, but not everything.  Here's a few posts quickly listing my issues:


My Facebook seems to have been synchronized, but the synchronization page lists an error.  Users seem to be indicating that this is caused by missing pictures in the contacts.

Anyway, contacts and pictures seems to have been synchronized regardless.  So probably just unpolished software.

Silverlight + SharePoint 2010 - did you just deploy customizations to SharePoint via the document upload?

Just finished my presentation earlier tonight in SDDN regarding Silverlight and SharePoint.  I had some initial reservations whether true Silverlight people want to even know about SharePoint, but I was pretty blown away by their feedback, interesting questions, and I think they found the session insightful. 

This is good :-)


I think I delivered my first "shock and awe" when people first saw me deploy to SharePoint.  I finished building my XAP file, and then browsed over to SharePoint, selected my Shared Documents library, clicked upload files (and for additional effect, used the drag & drop upload facility in SharePoint 2010).  Before you knew it, I had the XAP file in my document library, and I'm adding a Silverlight web part and configuring the XAP URL.

For comedy effect, I was pretending as if this is business as usual.

You guys were too good and picked it up right away - it was just too magical.  Hold on a second!  Did you just by-passed all the system admins and deployed customization code to your SharePoint server

The absolutely correct answer is, no, not really, I just deployed customizations to the SharePoint UI, an additional tool if you will, that will help you do your job easier.  Technically, it is not running on the server.  Technically, you can run a separate .NET exe tool to work against SharePoint via the same web services and it can do similar things.

Depending who you are, this might be too magical, and thus, way too dangerous.  I think the thought falls into two categories, and I'm hoping by discussing this, we can compare some thoughts on the PROs and CONs of deploying Silverlight to SharePoint.



  • Bypass system admins
  • Can rapidly develop and test.  Can rapidly update new version
  • Can create simple tools and install them on SharePoint quickly
  • Deploy to SharePoint online


  • Unsafe code, is still unsafe
  • I can deploy a Silverlight webpart that will take my boss' permissions and copy sensitive data to a public location


I suggest a compromised workaround for Production SharePoint

  • Block upload of *.XAP files from Central Administration | Web Applications
  • Allow sandbox solutions - which can install XAP files, via the Solutions Gallery
  • Rely only on in-house developed solutions, or solutions purchased through a trusted and verified source such as, Bamboo, or ProdUShare.


At the end of the day, I believe that yes - tools can be used for evil, but for many many businesses, the need for tools to help them to be more efficient, and the need for a stable server that doesn't die all the time, far out-weights the risks of allowing Silverlight solutions.

  • A badly behaving Silverlight crashes one browser, affecting one user
  • A badly behaving web page customization crashes the App Pool, and affects many users

In terms of customizing SharePoint to rapidly meet business needs and still maintain high levels of server availability, you can't ignore or brush off Silverlight + SharePoint possibilities.

I hope the market will agree with me, and I think as long as you don't use your tools for evil, you can help a lot of people with what you can build.


I'm still so excited.