How To Take Screenshots on Windows Phone 7.5

Over the course of the past couple of days I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my reviews here the site and from Tweets I’ve posted regarding screenshots.  Usually they are along the lines of, “How did you take your screenshots?”

Natively, Windows Phone does not have a way to take screenshots.  It is a huge (underline, underline, bold, bold) problem, especially for those of us who blog.  After all, I’d like to provide you screenshots, not device shots of a particular screen.  They look better!  Fortunately there is an easy way to do this and I’ll show you in this How To.

Here is what you will need:

  • A Windows PC running Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit is fine)
  • The Windows Phone 7.1 SDK (Free)
  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • A Windows Live ID
  • $9 to get an unlock token from ChevronWP7
  • Screen Capture v3 from XDA Developers

Samsung Focus 1.4 Finally Getting Windows Phone Mango Update

It has taken weeks after everyone else but the Samsung Focus version 1.4 finally has started receiving the Mango update.  The v1.4 Focus has always been a little behind everything else when it came to updates because Samsung made minor changes to a certificate in the device (this according to Paul Thurrott on the latest Windows Weekly Podcast).

Users are now reporting that their 1.4 Focus’ are being prompted with available updates so if you have one, check your device or connect it to your PC and check for updates in Zune.  If you are unsure which version of the Focus you have, pop out the battery and look on the sticker in the battery compartment.  There you will see a “Revision” number.

Here is the link to the Windows Phone Blog announcing the update

Microsoft Releases Information on Build 7740 for Windows Phone

It took a day after the release to find out about it but Microsoft has posted information on the Windows Phone Update Page about the 7740 build that was released yesterday.  The build was found to be available for HTC and Samsung devices but not all of them.  Based on Microsoft’s posting, it looks like it was aimed at mostly European models.

Update 7.10.7740.16

Email threads. Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.

Voicemail. Fixes a voicemail notification display issue.

This update is available only in certain markets.


While it is a day later than expected, Microsoft has one again proven they do provide information on what the particular builds released are fixing or adding to the Windows Phone platform.

Mobility Minded Gets Hands-On Time With The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash

There have been a lot of reviews and posts around the two new Samsung Windows Phones over the course of the last couple of weeks but a good comparison video with both devices in hands is over at Mobility Minded.  My good friend Johan covers both the Focus S and Focus Flash in the 4 minute video both from a technical perspective as well as a look and feel perspective.  It’s well worth 4 minutes of your time, especially if you are considering either one of these devices.

Check it out at Mobility Minded

Nokia Previews Stunning New Windows Phone – Then Pulls The Video

So this one may be a little bit of a stretch but if it is true, this new Nokia phone is going to be stunning.

In all the hype of the Lumia 800 release this week, Nokia released a promotional video on YouTube that highlighted a wide range of things on Windows Phone.  One of these was NFC and in the video they show an absolutely stunning device running Windows Phone.  Here is one of the best images I’ve been able to find of it from My Nokia Blog

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Samsung Omnia W gets FCC Approval – North America Arrival Soon?

This week Samsung’s Omnia W Windows Phone was approved by the FCC.  This isn’t the first time this phone has gone through FCC trials but it made it through this time.  According to Engadget, the phone has WCDMA and HSPA over the 850MHz spectrum for 3G support but little else is known about the phone.

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Windows Phone Marketplace Passes 40,000 in Available Apps

Having passed the 35,000 available app mark only in October, the Windows Phone Marketplace has now eclipsed the 40,000 available app mark today.  The news comes from All About Windows Phone who uses an internal application to keep track of the number of apps available.  The rate of progress:  Some 165 apps per day added on average!

At the time of writing, 40,189 items have been published. Of these, 10,882 were added in the last 90 days and 4,770 were added in the last 30 days. These items come from 10,731 different publishers.


Check out all of the information that All About Windows Phone has on this milestone including some very impressive charts and graphs on the breakdown of the types of apps.

Review of WordPress for Windows Phone

Whether you know it or not, as you read this you are viewing it on a WordPress powered blog.  I moved to WordPress a few years ago as it brought me the power to add social media integration, easier management and much faster posting times.  I can actually thank Judie Stanford over at Gear Diary for first turning me on to WordPress.

As one who is constantly on the go, the ability to quickly edit posts here on the site is important as well as being able to monitor comments that come in as well.  Fortunately the official WordPress app for Windows Phone allows me to do that and more.  It is an amazingly powerful app, allowing me to edit posts and pages, monitor and approve comments and even view site stats.  Plus the app supports Mango so I can pin each of my blogs as a Live Tile on my Start screen.  It is by far more powerful than the iPhone version of the WordPress app and more stable.  If you have your own blog or are thinking about starting one, WordPress and the WordPress app for Windows Phone are the way to go.

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