Smartphones have changed the way we stay connected, both personally and professionally. With Windows Live, we can now have our contacts, appointments, and email available on our Windows Phone no matter where we are. In this article we'll take you through the steps necessary to connect to Windows Live and synchronize your account from your Windows Phone 7 device.
What you need to connect to Windows Live
Of course, in order to connect to Windows Live on your Windows Phone 7 device, you'll need to already have a Windows Live account. If you don't, our previous article What is Windows Live ID explains what Windows Live is and how to set up a free account. You will also need some form of data connection on your Windows Phone 7 device, whether Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection.
Once you are connected to Windows Live from your Windows Phone 7 device, you will be able to synchronize your Windows Live email, People contacts, and Calendar, as well the any appointments or notifications in your Calendar.
Enabling your data connection
In order to set up and connect to Windows Live from your Windows Phone, you'll need to have an active data connection; either Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection will fit the bill just fine. To ensure you have an active data connection, tap on Settings in the App menu.
Under Settings, you can choose either Wi-Fi or Cellular, whichever connection is most appropriate for you.
Turn on your Wi-Fi and connect to a network, or turn on your cellular data connection. Enable 3G connection for the fastest data transfer speeds if it's available on your network.
A more complete guide for connecting to different kinds of networks, can be found here: How to Connect to Data Networks and Wireless Networks On Windows Phone.
Adding a new account
To set up Windows Live on your device, tap on the People tile on either the Start screen or the App menu.
Tap the three dots in the lower right corner to bring up the menu, and then tap on Settings to access the settings for People.
Windows Live may already be listed as an account. If it isn't, tap on Add an Account and then tap Windows Live.
Enter the email address and password associated with your Windows Live account and tap Sign In to log in to your account.
Adjusting the Windows Live settings
Press the Back button to navigate back to your accounts. Then tap Windows Live to adjust the settings for how your Windows Phone will interact with your Windows Live account.
Tap the email checkbox to download your email whenever your Windows Phone connects to Windows Live.
Tap Download New Content to open the drop-down menu and set the frequency with which you want to download your Windows Live email. Then tap Download Email From to set the time frame from which you want to download your Windows Live email.
These settings in the lower portion of the screen allow you to change the User Name and Password associated with your Windows Live account. These are important as you can only associate one Windows Live account with your Windows Phone. The Server setting will be set automatically when you first log in Windows Live from your Windows Phone. The Server and Logging settings should be left alone unless you're confident you know what you're doing.
Synchronizing Windows Live
You can tap the three dots in the lower right corner to bring up the menu, or just tap the Checkmark to save your settings and close the Settings page. Or, you can tap the X to close the Settings page and cancel any changes you made without saving them.
Back at the People Settings page you can tap and hold Windows Live to open the drop-down menu, and then tap Sync to connect to Windows Live and sync your email and other Windows Live data.
Windows Live keeps you connected
Whether you maintain a continuous data connection, or synchronize manually, now that you have Windows Live installed on your Windows Phone, no matter where you are all of your People contacts, Calendar, appointments and notifications, and email will always be at your fingertips. How has using Windows Live on your Windows Phone 7 device changed how you connect? We'd love for you to share your experiences.