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Category Archives: User Experience

Marketplace Links, a Follow Up: There’s An App For That

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the best way to share marketplace links, so that links would open in the correct marketplace for your platform (web or phone). But if someone is still sharing the web links, well there’s a lot of faffing around to get that to open in the marketplace on the phone, so is there a solution? Yes.

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Pro Tip: Sharing Marketplace links

There are two places you can search for apps for your phone, one is in the Marketplace on your phone, the other on www.windowsphone.com. The latter lets you easily share app information and lets you see the screenshots of the app in question. However, if you share a link from the web based Marketplace (for example, http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/b9d61506-a5c4-43a0-8364-820ef6ce3dcb) and you open that link when you’re on your phone, you still only get the web based marketplace and you can’t install directly onto your phone (I know you can go through the web marketplace to install an app as it gets pushed from the cloud, but that’s not what I mean). So, how do you overcome this? Easy.

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Address Bar and Bing Search Bar Scrolling

One of the new things I found recently whilst trying to do something on my phone was the easy way in which someone can see all of what might be in the IE9 address bar or the Bing search bar. If you have a long link in IE9 it can be very tiresome to try and get back to the beginning (or the end) of the link from within the address bar itself; the same applies to the Bing search bar.

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