Microsoft Band Field Guide 0.08

This minor update to the in-progress Microsoft Band Field Guide corrects an error in the Bluetooth settings section: It is indeed possible—and even fairly easy—to unpair your Band from one smart phone and pair it with a new phone without resetting the Band.

(In testing this feature this morning, I moved the Band from my Lumia 735 to a Lumia 830, then to a Nexus 5 (Android), then to my iPhone 6 Plus, and then back to the 735.)

I'm also messing around with the structure a bit and trying to find a place for setting/adjusting your fitness and health goals.

More generally, I'd like for all the Field Guide books to a section up front (like "Getting started," "Quick start guide" or something) that will run down the top 10 (or 20 or whatever) things you can do with the product in question and then have links to the places in the book where that information is described. I'll probably add that to Microsoft Band Field Guide first. At some point.

More soon.

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Microsoft Band Field Guide 0.05

Here's another update to Microsoft Band Field Guide. This one adds a number of new chapters/sections and a few organizational changes. But the big news is that we have a beautiful new cover design courtesy of the wonderful Martin McClean. I'm not sure if many will really understand this, but these things don't seem real to me until the cover happens. 

Microsoft Band Field Guide 0.01

I was going to publish this as a series of web articles on the SuperSite, but some CMS issues and an utter lack of responsiveness from our web team inspired me to turn it into a short book instead. So here you can see a very incomplete version of this book, where the first of several parts is fleshed out and the rest is mostly not.

What the heck. I don't have enough on my plate already, obviously

Quick and dirty. I'll pick up the series styles and whatnot later.

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Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92

Here's another small update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This one doesn't have any new content per se, but I've removed references to the free streaming feature of Xbox Music since Microsoft is discontinuing it.

As with previous updates, incomplete sections are marked with "*****" so you can see what's left. There are fewer of those now. :)

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.6 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.06

This update to Surface Pro 3 Field Guide completes the chapter about microSD storage expansion.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.07

Here's a minor update to Windows 8.1 Field Guide that corrects a formatting mistake.

In earlier versions of the books, I used all-caps chapter names (INSTALL instead of Install) because I had used the same document template as with the Windows Phone 8 book. (And I had used all caps there because that's how application names are formatted in Windows Phone.) This never made sense for Windows, so I removed the all-caps chapter names some time ago. But I never fixed the references to those chapters, which still had all-caps names. So that's fixed.

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Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.05 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub  formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.05

Here is a 5th update to Surface Pro 3 Field Guide which includes most of a chapter about microSD storage expansion.

I also started renumbering the book version to more accurately reflect where we're at. So this version is 0.05 instead of 0.5. I won't need 100 versions to get to 1.0. But I'll need more than 10.

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to Windows 8.1 Field Guide. Everyone who buys Surface Pro 3 Field Guide (whenever that option becomes available) will get Windows 8.1 Field Guide for free. The reverse is not true, however. And the coming Windows 10 Field Guide will also be a separately paid title.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just some initial updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Download the latest versions of the other Field Guides

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.4

Here is a long-overdue fourth pre-release version of Surface Pro 3 Field Guide. I will be moving more quickly on this title now.

This update adds a section on the kickstand with a few placeholder photos that will be replaced with more professional images later. Given the basic nature of this book, I wanted to see what a simple section of tasks might look like, so this is a good representation, I think: Your basic task list with some advice from the author(s).

As noted previously, this book is a companion guide of sorts to Windows 8.1 Field Guide. Everyone who buys Surface Pro 3 Field Guide (whenever that option becomes available) will get Windows 8.1 Field Guide for free. The reverse is not true, however. And the coming Windows 10 Field Guide will also be a separately paid title.

You can't buy it yet, however. For now, I'll just some initial updates publicly so you can see how it's developing.

More soon.

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Download the latest versions of the other Field Guides

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI, and ePub formats

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06

This update to Windows 8.1 Field Guide accommodates Microsoft's recent rebranding of its Bing contents apps to MSN. So the Bing Apps chapter has been renamed to Bing Apps + Maps and has been thoroughly updated with new content and screenshots.

I've also adjusted the chapter heading to have half as much empty space before the heading as before. I've gotten a few complaints from people on smaller e-reader devices like the Kindle Paperwhite about that whitespace, so let me know if this is acceptable. Here's a before (left) and after (right) view:

Chapter headings before (left) and after (right)

The manuscript for Windows 8.1. Field Guide will of course be used as the basis for Windows 10 Field Guide, so I will be going over the rest of the book as I did for the Bing Apps chapter to make sure everything is up to date before making the switch. But that will be a few months from now, since I need to finish up Xbox Music Field Guide, Surface Pro 3 Field Guide and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide first.

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Remember, you can download the latest version of the book, from the download page you have hopefully already bookmarked. If you haven't yet paid for the book, please get a copy of the book today. If you've lost your download link, please contact Paul or Rafael via email.

Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.06 – 588 pages

Download the latest versions of the other field guides

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.92 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI, and ePub formats

Coming in 2015: Windows 10 Field Guide(s)

Obviously we'll need separate field guides for Windows 10 on tablets/PCs and Windows 10 on phones. Both will be updates to the current Windows and Windows Phone books, of course. But the Windows book will need to be further updated to accommodate both Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgraders.

But first. Finish Xbox Music Field Guide, Surface Pro 3 Field Guide, and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide. And I've got an update coming soon for Windows 8.1 Field Guide that addresses the newly renamed MSN (formerly Bing) content apps. I will have another small Xbox Music Guide update first. (Tonight/tomorrow.)

No rest for the wicked.

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.91

Here's another small update to Xbox Music Field Guide. I'm going to start moving this thing towards completion so I can get onto the bigger books.

Incomplete sections are marked with "*****" so you can see what's left.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.9

Here's another interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds several sections related to playlists.

More soon.

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.8

Here's another interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds several new sections of content and continues the work of updating throughout to match changes to the various Xbox Music apps. It's still incomplete, but it's starting to fill in. I'm hoping to finish this one soon so I can move on to completing Surface Pro 3 Field Guide and Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide.

More soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.8 in MOBI

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats

Xbox Music Field Guide 0.7

Here's a long overdue interim update to Xbox Music Field Guide. This update adds a number of new sections of content and some updates throughout to match changes to the various Xbox Music apps. But it is still very rough and incomplete.

I had stopped working on this book due to uncertainty about the future of Xbox Music and the Windows Phone 8.1 version of the app in particular. With those matters settled—Microsoft has committed to Xbox Music and has finally made the Windows Phone app usable—I'm picking up where I left off.

This book has always been an experiment, or a proof of concept of sorts, for whether it's possible to document so many different versions of a Microsoft app—in this case for Windows 8.1/RT 8.1, the web, Windows Phone 8.1, iOS, Android and Xbox One, which isn't even all of the supported clients. It's a bit unwieldy so far, but I hope to use this book as a template of sorts for future books that cover other Microsoft consumer services, so I'll keep fine-tuning it.

This book is a work in progress, so there is plenty of mess. It will get cleaner and more complete soon.

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Xbox Music Guide 0.7 in ePub

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Windows 8.1 Field Guide 1.05 – Available to paying customers from the download page

Surface Pro 3 Field Guide 0.3 (pre-release) in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8 Field Guide 1.07 in PDFMOBI and ePub formats

Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide 0.4 (pre-release) in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats