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A Taste of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

By Seow Tein Hee - 28 Sep 2011

Sharing with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

SkyDrive Integration to Office Hub

SkyDrive is no stranger to the Windows Live ecosystem, and the Mango update has brought it closer to consumers with its deep integration into the Office hub. And that means, you can virtually share any documents or images through the cloud service from your phone to your PC, and vice versa. Images that are taken on your Windows Phone can be directly uploaded onto your SkyDrive account. However, doing so could drastically reduce your battery life if you're too trigger happy with the camera shutter button.

To activate automatic upload, go to Settings > Applications > Pictures + Camera > turn on “Automatically upload to SkyDrive”.

If you value your device's battery mileage, perhaps you should switch off this option to conserve power.

Sharing Options

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango comes with a wide variety of sharing options. This means you can easily distribute your images through avenues beyond conventional means such as email. Within Settings, you also have the option to select a Quick Share account, which lets you toggle between an account of your choosing. This includes Facebook, Twitter, and SkyDrive.

Go to Settings > Applications > Pictures + Camera, to select the default quick sharing channel, which includes Facebook, Twitter and SkyDrive.

This feature lets you quickly post your recently taken images to your preferred social network with a single click.

Background Tasks

As mentioned earlier, certain apps are allowed to run in the background, such as Evernote which synchronizes your notes to the server. However, these apps, if left untended, could result in unnecessary power drain. Luckily, you do have the option to deactivate these background apps.

Go to Settings > Applications > Background Tasks, and decide which apps are allowed to run in the background.

Similar to the SkyDrive auto upload feature, apps running in the background can be taxing on your device's battery.

What we've highlighted here is just a fraction of the updates that have arrived with Windows Phone 7.5. Throughout your daily usage, you might spot some tiny updates that would make you rethink the way you use your Windows Phone. We're more than happy to hear from you.

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