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Manage Contacts on Windows Phone 7 with the People Hub
Windows Phone 7 handsets utilize a hub dedicated to handling your contacts. Known as the People Hub, this database of names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and home pages can be integrated with Facebook to deliver up to date social networking information to your phone. Names might be copied to your Windows Phone via your Windows Live account, and this happens automatically with little fanfare. Other contacts can be copied in from your Facebook account or Google Mail.
However, getting your contacts onto your phone from your PC is another matter entirely.
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Preparing to Sync Your Windows Phone Contacts
Unlike previous mobile platforms from Microsoft there is no way to directly sync contacts or calendar items to or from your Windows Phone 7 device. The only syncing available is through the Zune client, and this is restricted to movies, photos and audio tracks.
In order to start syncing you need either Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010, or Windows Live Mail. Outlook is available as part of Microsoft Office, while Windows Live Mail is a part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite.
With one of these chosen and installed, you will then need to set up a new e-mail account that links with the one on your Windows Phone. This will be a Windows Live account, the same one that is used to access the Zune Marketplace, your Windows Live SkyDrive and various other services on your Windows Phone 7 device. See Using Outlook Connector Pack for more on setting up a Windows Live account in Outlook.
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How to Sync Windows Phone 7 Contacts to PC
Thanks to your Windows Phone connection to the Windows Live service, contacts from your handset will be synced to your PC, although note that some contacts will be missing if you use the Facebook integration in the People Hub. If this is the case, go back to your Windows Phone, Edit the contact and select Windows Live as the service to add new details to.
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How to Sync Windows Phone 7 Contacts from PC to Phone
For instance you can export contacts from your previous e-mail client and import them into Windows Live Mail. To do this, open the Contacts view and then go to Import and use select your preferred import format.
After your contacts are imported into the Microsoft Outlook or Windows Live Mail software you will be able to view and edit them, and if necessary, delete any that you no longer need.
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Source: Author's own experience.