by Stian

Use computer keyboard in Windows Phone emulator

WindowsPhone7EmulatorIf you spend lots of time in the Windows Phone emulator you may have noticed that you need to type using the SIP (soft input panel) because your computer keyboard is disabled. There is not visible settings anywhere on how to change this, but luckily I got a tip from my fellow developer Christoffer that this could easily be fixed by doing the following.

  1. Set focus to an input field
  2. Press the  PageUp button

Then SIP will now collapse and you’ll see ENU in the top bar. You can now use your keyboard to write in any input in the application.

If you would like to get the SIP back, just set focus to an input field again and press the Pause/Break button – hey, it’s back! (you probably didn’t miss it?)

Hardware buttons

Hardware buttons of the phone can also be triggered by your keyboard. See the following table

F1 Back
F2 Start
F3 Search
F6 Camera pressed half way
F7 Camera pressed fully
F9 Volume Up
F10 Volume Down
by Andreas

WP7 + Kerio connect = no sync

Windows Phone 7 is aimed at the business market with its fully functional Office suite, Exhange Server integration and so on. With just a few simple operations you’ll have your contacts, email and calendar synchronized and available wherever you are (in other words you’ll never be 100% off work..). Anyway, for those who use Kerio Connect there are some bad news (as of Decemer 2010): Sync does not work with Kerio!

As far as I know there are two options worth considering for synchronizing contacts at least (please suggest more):

1. Wait for Kerio 7.2 to be released (currently in beta 3 now (17th of December), for the system administrator dare devils. Ensure you have support staff ready when making the “upgrade”.. )

2. The three step crap solution where you dump your Outlook contacts to an online 3rd party service (Soocial is your friend), then import them into a Gmail account which you then finally synchronize with your contacts list on your phone.

(Yes, you can use a Hotmail account which you synchronize with Outlook in pretty much the same way)