Top 7 Business Apps for Windows Phone 7 smartphones & tablets


You can find some powerful tools available in the sea of smartphone apps for business. The article highlights some of the best ones for Windows 7 users. (Unless otherwise noted, Windows Phone 7 apps are available in the Windows Phone Marketplace

eBay Calculator Windows Phone 7 business app


Just because your eBay auction closed at $100 doesn't mean you get all of that. With the insertion fees, shipping, PayPal fees, and other miscellaneous charges, your profit margins can be difficult to predict. But not with eBay Calculator ($1.49); this app calculates fees for eBay auctions and the PayPal payment system and automatically deducts them from your final selling price so you can see your real profit. Features include support for auctions and Buy It Now listings on eBay.com and international eBay sites, private and business accounts, listing upgrades, detailed summary screens, and a built-in PayPal calculator.

MileBug Android and Windows Phone 7 business app


Tracking your tax-deductible mileage doesn't have to be a headache. With the WP7 version of Izatt International's Mile- Bug ($2.99), you can quickly track your mileage and use GPS to log your trips on a map. The 2012 IRS tax deduction rates are 55.5 cents per mile, so tracking can really pay off. Features include the ability to track in both miles and kilometers; support for multiple businesses; data backup and restore with SkyDrive; and the ability to label your mileage, save trips as favorites, and set up multiple vehicles. You can also use MileBug to email HTML and CSV (Comma Separated Value) reports that you can open in Excel.



Translate This (Windows Phone 7 business app)


Translators come in handy when travelling abroad or just when trying to decipher menus. Translate This (free) uses Bing and Google's translating services to let you type words or phrases and search for translations in a variety of languages, including German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Korean, and more. There's even speech-to-text support for English translations. You can also save your favorites or share them with others via email, SMS (Short Message Service), Facebook, Twitter, and more. You can also swipe to the left to browse your history.

FlightTrack (Android, Windows Phone 7 business app)


When you're flying domestic or abroad, tracking your flight status can become extremely important. The Android version of Mobiata's FlightTrack ($4.99) application delivers real-time flight status and map tracking for global airline flights right to your phone or tablet. Notable features include zoomable maps; real-time departure information; delays and cancellations notices; and help with alternate flight arrangements. This app supports more than 4,000 airports and 1,400 international airlines and lets you post your flight status by email, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Upgrade to FlightTrack Pro ($4.99) to import TripIt flight itineraries.

Presenter (Windows Phone 7 business app)


PowerPoint presentations are a viable way to communicate in the business world, but being tethered to your notebook or PC to advance slides can prevent you from effectively engaging your audience. With Presenter ($2.99) on your Windows Phone and the host utility on your PC, you can control the slides, view notes, and successfully captivate your audience by moving freely among them. Controlling the show from your phone is sure to impress even the most tech-savvy among your viewers. Other features include Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, support for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, and Bluetooth support is on the way.

Shippin' Buddy (Windows Phone 7 business app)


Tracking shipments is a vital piece of the small business puzzle and being able to do it quickly, from wherever you happen to be, can make a big difference in how you operate. With JNJ Development's Shippin' Buddy (99 cents), you can quickly and easily track shipments and deliveries from some of the most popular carriers, including UPS, FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, and more. In trial mode, there are advertisements, but the paid version is ad-free. With support for push notifications, you'll never miss an important shipment.

WeatherDuck (Windows Phone 7 business app)


There are a ton of weather apps out there, but what WeatherDuck (Free) does better than many others is make it simple to view the current temperature and precipitation at-a-glance and quickly determine the weather conditions over the course of the day. You can also create weather tiles for specific locations, so you can get conditions right from your Start screen. Other features include a 10 Days Forecast, Offline Mode to access your weather without network connectivity, the ability to change the color of your weather tiles, and more.




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