Here's a long-overdue update to Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8, plus an update to what's happening with the book. I have a few more updates planned for the days ahead.
You may recall that I had written about updating the book for the Nokia HERE navigation apps. I'm still working on that, though sporadically, and it's fallen well behind my original goal of September. Complicating matters, it's pretty clear I need to cover Nokia Pro Cam in the book as well, and perhaps other Nokia camera apps, so I need to reconsider how that kind of content can be integrated into the book.
To date, I've been working on a "Maps and Location 0.3" document in which I planned to replace the existing chapter with one that covers the Nokia apps instead of Bing Maps. (I figured I could move the Bing Maps text into an appendix or something.) But I'm not sure about that.
Structurally, and regardless of where I place new material, it's pretty clear that I need to move to table of contents like that used by Windows 8.1 Book in which there are no chapter numbers. Separately but related, I also need to spend the time and effort to reformat the headings in the book so that it's cleaner and can be submitted to Kindle and Nook. So I'll begin work on that soon as well.
With regards to today's update, the 1.05 version of the book adds information related to the new generation of Windows Phone 8 devices with 1080p screens. This thankfully doesn't change things too much, so 1.05 is a minor update.
That said, I will soon deliver a 1.6 update that includes information about the broader Update 3 (formerly GDR3) for Windows Phone 8, which is included on the Lumia 1520 and other new and coming Windows Phone 8 handsets, and will soon be provided to users of previous Windows Phone 8 handsets too. (Enthusiasts and developers can get Update 3 now if interested. Check out my article Windows Phone 8 Update 3: Update Your Handset Today! for more information.)
1.6 will be a bigger update and will likely require me to re-generate the table of contents. But I hope to have that out within the week.
No promises, but my rough plan is to update/clean up the TOC after that and then think about publishing this version of Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8 to Kindle and Nook. After that, I'll integrate the Nokia HERE and Pro Camera information (somehow) and then update everything (including Kindle and Nook).
Unrelated to Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8, I'll also be providing an update to Paul Thurrott's Xbox Music soon as well. And of course work continues on Windows 8.1 Book. Lots going on.
More soon. Feedback is always appreciated.
Download Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8 1.05 (655 pages)
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