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I finally learned how to transfer phone calls with Windows Phone 7! Happy day!

After numerous tests without any success I posted my issue on Twitter which gave no response. Last Friday I joined the Facebook group “Vi som gillar Windows Phone 7” where I sent out a post about it. And today I got a response from Johan Huss at Microsoft with a how-to guide.

The guide for how to transfer phone calls worked successfully. Huge thanks to Johan Huss!

How it works:

  1. Answer the call.
  2. Press “Add call” and call the number you wish to transfer the call to.
  3. Use the “Backwards” button on the device.
  4. Place a call to “4”.
  5. Done

The workaround for transferring calls on iPhone and Android is to create a contact with the phone number “4”, which you place a call to if you want to transfer the phone call. So the method used in Windows Phone 7 is one step shorter, thus much easier.

Last week I started testing a Windows Phone. It can only be described as a “delight”, with only minor hick-ups. WP7 is a very competent phone OS and even though it has gotten some negative reviews I was surprised that Microsoft has managed to create an OS with so many features.

Design & Experience

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Microsoft has put a lot of effort into creating a User Experience that is as easy as it is eye-catching and revolutionary. They focused on creating both a lock-screen and a home-screen that give you almost any information you need. You don’t have to open an app to get information. At the look-screen you get information about upcoming events, new text messages and new e-mail messages.

The home-screen consists of a bunch of “tiles”, which are sort of a shortcut to their respective apps. The tiles can be moved, sorted and removed and you can also add more tiles from the App list.
The tiles contains information pushed from their apps, i.e. new messages count and missed phone calls. The calendar tile displays upcoming events, and as a developer you can customize your app’s tile and schedule updates like changing background image and putting a little number/counter in the tile.

So, my major experience from this last week is the fact that I don’t have to scroll around in apps as much as with the iPhone. I get most of the information from the home-screen. Most often I’ve only checked the lock-screen for indication of new information.

Integration

One of the features I’ve come to like is the integration between contacts and Facebook. From the People hub you get updates from Facebook and if you click on a contact that is connected to Facebook you get their list of Facebook updates.

For the moment there is no way to work with Twitter in the same way. It will be sweet when/if this feature comes to WP7.

Marketplace

The marketplace has a fresh layout and it’s easy to find the app your looking for. In very short time the Marketplace has grown with a lot of titles. There are many cool games with Xbox live integration. The only app I missed was Spotify, which is reportedly coming to WP7 soon.

Office

WP7 comes with Office pre-installed (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook). So you can create and edit documents that you can store on SkyDrive or a SharePoint installation. I have only tried SkyDrive which works great.

The Outlook app is impressive, with loads of features and a slick UI. The ability to flag a message is something I’ve missed in the iPhone mail app.

Developer tools

Since I’m a developer, this area is one of the most important for me. I’ve been developing Web and Windows applications using Microsoft .Net Framework since 2003 so developing an app for WP7 is very familiar to me. So I kicked off very fast when creating my first app (not released) which reads photos from the Flickr API.

The only thing I missed here was the ability to deploy the app from Visual Studio to the actual phone without registering as a developer with Microsoft. I understand why It’s like this, but it would have been sweet to be able to do this.

Hick-ups

I found only a few issues using the Windows Phone. First, I couldn’t get the latest update (NoDo) even though it’s released according to Microsoft.

The second issue, which is most severe, is that I can’t transfer a call to another phone. At our company we use a Mobile Phone Switch from the Swedish operator 3 (Hi3G), so connecting and transferring calls to other people in our switch is something we do many times every day. This is where we ran out of luck. We found no way to do this on the Windows Phone 7. We managed to create conference calls, but when the host hangs up or tries to transfer the call (using a Hi3G special method) the entire call is ended for all parties. We called Hi3G for instructions and they didn’t find any way to do this either. So I posted a couple of tweets about this without getting any reply.

So as of today I’m back with the iPhone until the day Microsoft releases an update that will address this issue. I never thought this would be an issue. Over the years we’ve used many different phones, and this even worked with Windows Mobile 6.

If you read this and know how to connect and transfer a call to another phone, please post a comment.

Closing comments

Windows Phone 7 is great! I hope Microsoft will manage to get a much larger market share in a near future. When Microsoft release a Swedish localization I will be the first guy to recommend the phone to everyone I meet.

Today I received a Samsung Omnia 7 with Windows Phone 7. And as my friends know, I’m a sucker for opening packages. So in mere seconds the phone was in my hand. Awesome feeling.

For the last hour I’ve been fooling around with the phone, checking settings and learning the basics. And my first impression was; oh my god, this phone is fantastic. It may lack some features like multi-tasking and Swedish keyboard (which I’ve been a bit negative about in earlier posts), but Microsoft has really outdone themselves. I love the start screen and the smooth UI/UX. The animations are also really sweet.

Short post, but all I wanted to say for now is that my first impression of WP7 is “Impressive!”. Next up is checking the developer tools, and learning how to connect a call in our 3 Switch. Maybe not in that order :-)