With the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8 – the software giant is all set to bring support to its other devices. The company has released an app for Windows 8 that enables users to sync their Windows Phone device with Windows 8.
The app lets you sync your music, data, video, and images to and from a computer running Windows 8. Whether this app supports Windows Phone 7.8 or just Windows Phone 8 is as of yet unknown. According to Unleash The Phones, the app doesn’t work with phones running Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft has released the Windows Phone app for Windows 8
Here are some features of the app, according to the Windows 8 Store page:
- Get your music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone (and vice versa).
- Quickly share things from your phone with Windows 8 apps (like Photos, or Search). You don’t even have to open the Windows Phone app to move things around.
- Automatically save photos and videos you take with your phone to your PC.
- See at a glance how much space you’re using for each type of content, so it’s easy to make sure you never run out of room on your phone.
- Get to WindowsPhone.com to download apps, learn more about your phone, or find it if it’s lost.
Windows Phone 8 is the mobile operating system developed by Microsoft to take on Google’s dominant Android and Apple’s iPhone smartphone market. After lagging in the mobile OS race, Microsoft released Windows Phone 7 back in 2010, which was then followed by Windows Phone 7.5 in late 2011.
There are quite a few improvements over the older version. As per an official statement by the company, here are some of the highlighted features that users can expect to find on Windows Phone 8 once it is launched in the event later today:
- Multi-core processor support – The latest OS now features multi-core support with the manager of the Windows Phone Program at Microsoft, Joe Belfoire, claiming that it is ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
- Bigger, sharper screens -- Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions — 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.
- More flexible storage -- Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.
- NFC wireless sharing -- In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.
- Internet Explorer 10 -- The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
- Wallet -- Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info right at one’s fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, users can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
- Better maps and directions -- Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
- Improved apps and games – Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games.