Windows Phone 8.1 Field Guide was written for current and future users of Windows Phone 8.1. It was
written for real people—users—not technical experts, or those who need to manage mobile devices in a
The book assumes you are new to the Windows Phone platform, though I do include many upgrade
notes for those that previously used Windows Phone 8.0.
If you are already at least passingly familiar with Windows Phone, you can use the book as a reference
and pick and choose from the various topics. Otherwise, you should read the first two chapters in
sequence and then branch out from there. There's no need to read the book in sequence, though you
may of course do so if you wish.
For the few times in which you need to connect your handset to a computer, I assume that the
computer will be a Windows-based PC, preferably using Windows 8 or RT. Those with older versions of
Windows should be able to follow along. (Those with Macs are on their own. Just as in real life.)