Windows 8 'Companion App' for syncing with Windows Phone devices revealed
September 4, 2012 at 04:13 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
We've know for a while now that our beloved Zune would be leaving us soon, long enough to come to terms with it and accept that it was the will of ...eh, Microsoft. Bit by bit, Microsoft has been taking away some of the Zune desktop app features in preparation for the upcoming switch to Xbox Music. With Windows Phone now even more related to Windows 8 through a shared core, we expected both operating systems to have a more efficent syncing relationship but were unsure how this was going to be implemented. According to the Verge, Microsoft will introduce new apps to manage and sync Windows Phone 8 devices. The Verge have managed to land an image of the application in action (above).
The morden-style (see what I did there) application will be available from the Windows Store and is designed to replace the Zune client for Windows 8 users. The Verge claim that the app will be automatically installed for Windows Phone 8 users on a Windows 8 PC when a device is connected. Windows 7 users will be directed to an equivalent desktop app to manage devices.
The application will be known as a "Companion App" and will provide quick access to photos, documents, music, and video on Windows Phone devices - allowing users to import or export data to handsets. The "Companion App" should be available at about the same time as the Windows Phone 8 launch.
SOURCE: The Verge
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