Windows phone has had the eternal challenge of users not being able to attach files other than pictures in the email app. Office documents can be attached from the Office Hub, but that is not an intuitive approach. PDF files cannot be attached except the user is attaching from OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). And no other types of files seem attachable at all.
Yes; it isn’t a functionality that one needs everyday, so it is not so terrible. However, when you do need it, it can be the most horrible experience. This morning, I urgently needed to send a PDF file as an email attachment – and I got stuck. The file was on my miroSD card, but not on OneDrive (I use DropBox for all my cloud storage needs). It was an important task and I could find no way to do it. I had one of the most powerful smartphones in the world in my hands and couldn’t send out an urgent official file.
What I am wondering now is why after all these years, Microsoft has been unable to fix this. What does it cost actually to add this functionality? User opens mail app -> types out mail -> attaches ANY kind of file right from in there -> and sends. Simple. Direct. User-friendly. And I am tired of people sending me on a merry-go-round errand on how to do this with a third party app. It just does not make sense that Microsoft has not fixed this. It does not make any sense at all.
I know i have said a lot. Let me simplify it: Windows Phone users want to be able to attach any file type from inside the email app and send right there. There. i put it simple enough.
I love Windows Phone and I love my Lumia, but this current situation with email attachments is unacceptable.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.