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Microsoft: Mac sync app for Windows Phone 7 by end of 2010

updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed October 13, 2010

Microsoft confirms Mac WP7 sync app

Microsoft in a statement this morning confirmed a Mac sync option for Windows Phone 7 devices. Heading off a misstep by a UK executive, it said there would be a test version of a conduit app before the end of 2010 to bring some content to the phones. The company implied it wasn't a Zune app but also that it would be self-developed.

"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers," it said in a statement.

Such apps have usually been used in the past to draw in content from iTunes, iPhoto and other media apps, with some occasionally pulling in contacts or other local info. WP7's Windows Live sign-in reduces the need for syncing basic data since much of it is preserved online.

Microsoft has traditionally resisted a true Zune media player app, in part due to the challenges of adding protected Windows Media support and reworking the app itself but also the lack of incentives to support a smaller chief rival. WP7 changes this by reducing the need for a full sync app but also widening the pool of users beyond slow-selling Zune players.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: May 2001

    +5

    Those were the days my friends...

    It wasn't all that long a go that Microsoft would have said "Too bad, so sad..." to Mac users. "No syncing for you!" I don't think, however, that many Mac users will be purchasing WP7 phones. Juts a guess. :-)

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +6

    Not for home

    Microsoft will have some sort of discount to offer WP7 phones for corporate users who depends on Windows Servers. A small percentages are Mac users. The sync software is for the Mac users. I agree Mac users at home don't give a c*** about WP7.

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2009

    +3

    Don't Waste your time MS.

    I think Microsoft is wasting it's time by developing this app. No sane Apple user would ever purchase a WP7 phone but more importantly, the WP7 phones will be dead and gone by then, replaced by iPhones and maybe Androids :-)

    JDS

  1. herojig

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +7

    Fogettaboutit

    If they could not get the Entourage sync of 2004 to 2008 vintage to ever work right, how will they ever get this to work?!? No faith and no interest.
    Signed,
    iPhone/MobileMe/iTunes user

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +5

    WP 7: For Backward Thinkers

    MS certified IT drones will be all over WP7 like pigs in a garbage heap. These are the same FUD spreading dweebs who have battled for their job security by blocking Macs at every turn.

    For the rest of the world there will be a collective shrug.

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